The ones in power aren’t always in the right…
Shakespeare’s 13th and final comedy. A 400-year-old play dealing with the essential themes of the human condition, morals that are preached by everyone but heeded by none, and how easily power can be abused. The main character of the play is Duke Vincentio, ruler of Vienna, where adultery, prostitution and other indecencies have been booming for 14 years, despite strict legislation. Vincentio names the nobleman Angelo as his temporary deputy and disguises himself as a monk to secretly watch as this respectable arbiter of morality and purity attempts to reinstate order. Angelo fails and starts abusing his power.
“Klata has not staged Shakespeare in Prague to comment on the national situation – he has reached deeper than to what are in the end third-rate party political games and environmental compromises. And maybe it is precisely for this reason his staging is so biting.”
Dariusz Kosiński, www.encyklopediateatru.pl. Shortened version from “Tygodnik Powszechny” 2018 no. 10.