A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (1977).
1 July 1977 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków
Ryszard Łukowski is a reflective, intellectually disciplined, self-ironic actor who is economical in expression. He made his debut with the role of Cyprian in “Ivona, Princess of Burgundy”, directed by Krystian Lupa. He has performed in productions by the most outstanding directors of Polish theatre. Andrzej Wajda entrusted him with roles in ten plays: from the entertaining character of the visionary Police Officer in “As Years Go By, As Days Go By”, to roles in successive stage productions of “Hamlet”, Koch in “Crime and Punishment”, the Spectre in “The Wedding”, the wonderful character of Tardiveau in Labiche’s “An Italian Straw Hat”, and the Corypheus of the Chorus – one of the most beautiful roles in Sophocles’s “Antigone” – ‘a leader and commentator on the rebellion’. He has played very memorable roles in plays directed by Krystian Lupa – as Antinous in Wyspiański’s “The Return of Odysseus” and Cynga, a spy, conspirator and cult leader in Witkacy’s “The Anonymous Work”. As Theseus in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, directed by Rudolf Zioło, he displayed an excellent sense of form in this contemporary version of a classic comedy. With roles in Marek Fiedor’s symbolic productions (Henrik Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” and “Don Juan” based on a script by the director), the actor showed his openness to diverse theatrical challenges. Ryszard Łukowski fits well into productions by directors of the younger generation – for example, as Sam Regan in the cosmic world of “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch”, based on Philip K. Dick and directed by Jan Klata; Menelaus in a subversive interpretation of Kochanowski’s “The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys”, directed by Michał Zadara; the character of the Father, in search of dignity, in Marek Hłasko’s “The Eighth Day of the Week”, directed by Armin Petras; and the Laboratory Assistant/Gravedigger/Plumber in “Wanda”, a theatrical palimpsest by Sylwia Chutnik and Patrycja Dołowy, directed by Paweł Passini.
In the Theatre
- Wanda - LABORATORY ASSISTANT 2 / GRAVEDIGGER 2 / WIESIEK THE PLUMBER