Karol Józef Wojtyła

Przed sklepem jubilera (The Jeweller's Shop) – ONLINE stream

mixed theater play 12

April 3., Saturday 19:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage

Contemplation on the sacrament of marriage with Krzysztof Penderecki's music, in one part, in Hungarian

Video study for a performance in the making

The namesake of the square where the Erkel Theatre is situated was the author of serious literary works and had close ties to the theatrical world: during his university years, the future Pope John Paul II organised literary gatherings and belonged to several dramatic companies, some of which he led. Karol Wojtyłá’s 1960 dialogue in verse The Jeweller’s Shop centres on three couples who go to a jeweller’s shop to obtain engagement rings. By relating the stories of the different couples, the philosophical text examines the themes of love and the sanctity of marriage. In this production, the Opera has paired the Polish “dramatist” with the always remarkable sounding musical world of his friend the recently deceased contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki as accompaniment for the prose actors.

In association with Vörösmarty Theatre of Székesfehérvár.

This performance is available free of charge on the Facebook channel of the Hungarian State Opera and also on Origo.hu, from 7:00 p.m. on 3 April 2021 until midnight on 5 April 2021.


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
April 3, 2021
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
8:30 p.m.
Krzysztof Penderecki
Karol Józef Wojtyła
Hungarian translation by
Péter Balássy
Music director
Péter Dobszay
Director, visual concept
János Szikora
Assistant to the Director
Orsolya Magyar
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki


Premiere: April 3, 2021

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage