Good Fortune for Gdansk

Mira Bar-Hillel on plans to rebuild Poland's Elizabethan theatre.

Dr Jerzy Limon is a happy man. When I met him in London in August he had just been disappointed to learn that a planned meeting with Prince Charles had to be cancelled because of the royal arm operation. But on arrival back home in Gdansk, where he is a professor of English, a letter was waiting on his desk from St James’s Palace informing him that the prince had agreed to become patron of the project that is his greatest ambition: the reconstruction, as a new theatrical centre, of an Elizabethan theatre first built in Gdansk by travelling English players in 1600.

Royal support for the project is a logical result of it combining several of the prince’s strongest interests: Shakespeare and English culture on the one hand, and the encouragement of conservation and traditional architecture in Eastern Europe on the other.

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