Die Jakobsbücher

21./22./23. May 2020

Die Jakobsbücher

Based on the novel by Olga Tokarczuk

Direction: Ewelina Marciniak

Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw

German premiere

“The Books of Jacob” focuses on Jacob Frank, a Polish Jew and leader of the mystical 18th-century movement of Frankists. While some revered him as a religious guide and messiah, others decried him as a charlatan and heretic. Frank fought for the freedom and emancipation of eastern European Jews, advocating for modernisation in a rapidly changing world. His life story is told by his followers and enemies who create a vivid, polyphonic tableau of a world in crisis.

Director Ewelina Marciniak brings Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s monumental novel to the stage. Marciniak’s opulent style is as much acclaimed as it causes scandals in her conservative home country Poland. Her visually stunning production offers a radical plea for a modern Europe that celebrates diversity, freedom, equality, and community.

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Die Jakobsbuecher 02 Foto Magda Hueckel
Foto: Magda Hueckel
Die Jakobsbücher 03 Foto Magda Hueckel


16+ This production contains explicit nudity.


Polish with German surtitles.


Karolina Adamczyk, Klara Bielawka, Aleksandra Bożek, Michał Czachor, Michał Jarmicki, Magdalena Koleśnik, Mateusz Łasowski, Julian Świeżewski, Julian Wyszyńska, Eliza Borowska, Barbara Derlak, Dobromir Dymecki, Maja Kleszcz, Wojciech Niemczyk, Bartosz Porczyk, Agata Wożnicka


Ewelina Marciniak

Production design:

Katarzyna Borkowska


Kaya Kołodziejczyk


Barbara Derlak, Wojtek Urbański


03 hours 50 minutes


From €22