Roman Gancarczyk

Roman Gancarczyk

A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków /1988/

1 September 1988 – 31 December 1989 – The Stefan Jaracz Theatre, Łódź
1 January 1990 – 30 August 1993 – The People’s Theatre, Kraków
1 September 1993 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków

Roman Gancarczyk is an actor with immense onstage charisma who is perfectly comfortable in very different styles. He always leaves the strong mark of his unique personality on the productions he performs in, such as the world premiere of Sławomir Mrożek’s “Love in the Crimea”, directed by Maciej Wojtyszko, Andrzej Wajda’s “Macbeth”, Grzegorz Jarzyna’s “Ivona, Princess of Burgundy”, Maja Kleczewska’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Mikołaj Grabowski’s “Pan Tadeusz”, and Barbara Wysocka’s “The Curse” and “The Drunks”. He has acted in productions by Michał Borczuch (“Lulu” and “Werther”), by Jan Klata (“The Wedding of Count Orgaz”, “King Lear”), Paweł Miśkiewicz (“Before/After”) and Michał Zadara (“The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys”, “Iphigenia”). He delighted audiences in productions by the Janiczak/Rubin duo: as the character of Mickiewicz, cut off from reality, in “The Tovianists, Kings of the Clouds”, and the comically pedantic detective in “The Gorgonowa Affair”. In Krzysztof Garbaczewski’s “Gallery of Polish Kings”, he portrayed the expressive character of cunning King Władysław Jagiełło, and in Garbaczewski’s deconstruction of “Hamlet”, he comments on the surrounding reality as the Müllerian “Hamletmachine”. Masterfully making use of a wide range of skills, Gancarczyk has brilliantly co-created Krystian Lupa’s theatrical space – in “The Sleepwalkers”, “Zarathustra” and “The Master and Margarita”. ‘The character of Woland is played by Roman Gancarczyk. His role seems to be an extension of Huguenau from “The Sleepwalkers”. In his version of the protagonist of Broch’s novel, he carried a Satanic mark and concealed layers of negative energy. He was like a “little devil” who grew in strength, relishing doing harm to others. In “The Master and Margarita”, Gancarczyk shows another, new incarnation of evil. Woland is a “high-class” Satan – refined, sophisticated and well-educated, who at times possesses an omniscient knowledge which burdens him’, wrote Malwina Głowacka.

Gancarczyk’s talent has also been often used by Paweł Miśkiewicz, entrusting him roles in Schimmelphennig’s “Before/After” (2006) and Jelinek’s “Supplicants” (2016).


2012 – 52nd Kalisz Theater Gatherings – acting award for the role of Robak in “Pan Tadeusz, or: The Last Foray in Lithuania,” dir. M. Grabowski
2007 – 32nd Opole Theater Confrontations – Polish Classics – acting award for the role of Antenor in “The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys,” dir. M. Zadara


2015 – Silver Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture

In the Theatre

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