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A musical about Janusz Korczak at the Podlasie opera house

Next year, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Janusz Korczak, the Podlasie Opera will stage a musical entitled ‘Korczak’. Białystok is the first Polish town to stage this musical. This musical was the theme of a press conference called yesterday.

In the repertoire compiled for the 2012/2013 season, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic offers the audience a musical performance about Janusz Korczak. The musical had its premier in London at the Theatre Royal Playmouth, which staged the event in cooperation with Youth Music Theatre UK, a British organization promoting musical theater among young people. The Polish premier will fall exactly in the 70th anniversary of the death of the protagonist, highlighting the year of 2012, which, by decision of the Polish Sejm, was named the Year of Janusz Korczak.

The musical tells the story of the physician, author of children’s books, educator and guardian of Jewish orphans, who became famous for his bravery. The musical is set in the times of German occupation, when an orphanage which was overseen by Janusz Korczak is moved to the Warsaw Ghetto. There, the physician endeavors to supply the children with decent living conditions.

The musical was successfully received in London. The director Nick Stimson, while working on the screenplay, had primarily relied upon information from the physician’s diary. He had also visited the German concentration camp in Treblinka and the Umschlagplatz in Warsaw. All characters in the performance bear the names which are inscribed on this monument. Chris William is the author of the music.

Renowned Polish artists will play in the Polish version of ‘Korczak’. The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic is the only theater in all of Poland to stage the musical.


  • the online Dziennik Teatralny-Teatry daily, Korczak na deskach Opery Podlaskiej (October 27th, 2011)