The Trial

dir.Krystian Lupa
  • Directed by

    Krystian Lupa


From the director


Someone must have been spreading lies about Josef K, for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one morning”.

This is the first sentence of the most mysterious and provocative story in world literature. The further we delve into the relentless sentences, the darker it gets… We never get to know why the protagonist was arrested and what he is accused of… We never find out if he really is innocent… Neither does he, as a matter of fact… Generally, he knows less and less, but he makes a desperate effort, he stands to fight an unfair fight  with the Unknown. But how to understand or accept such strategy of this struggle, when the confrontation of the parties undermines our sense of logic and reality?…

However, the annoying realness of what happens does not allow us to stand aside, and brings to mind unsettlingly personal analogies… It is me, it is us – we are the arrested ones…

We are on a journey, an onerous flight into a dark absurdity, an absurd dialogue with the man on the other side; one that is strangely close to the absurdities and dialogues in our current Polish reality

The performance is staged in the Nowy Theatre (10/16 Madalińskiego Str., Warsaw).


Direction, adaptation, set and lighting design: Krystian Lupa

translation: Jakub Ekier

costume design: Piotr Skiba

music: Bogumił Misala

video: Bartosz Nalazek

video assistant: Natan Berkowicz

dramaturgical cooperation, director’s assistants: Radosław Stępień, Konrad Hetel

costumographer’s assistant: Aleksandra Harasimowicz


producer: Anna Czerniawska

coordination, production assistant: Sylwia Merk

technical coordinator: Paweł Paciorek


fot. Magda Hueckel


  • General producers:

  • Producers: Studio teatrgaleria; Teatr Powszechny; TR Warszawa; Le Quai Centre Dramatique National Angers Pays de la Loire

  • Co-producers:

    Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles; Printemps des Comédiens, Montpellier; Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris; La Filature, Scène nationale, Mulhouse; Théâtre du Nord, Lille; Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden

  • Partner: Polish Theatre in the Underground

  • Performance was produced with the support of the City of Warsaw.