Why the Atlantis Castle?
Atlantis – because the Greek Atlantis was an island of happiness, fulfilled dreams and flourishing arts.
We do not know if it existed (though Plato claimed that it did), but can not help believing…
The Castle – because we work in the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
So we – a group of Warsaw actors and directors – created an island in the Castle; an island of extraordinary theatre activity. In close cooperation with the Castle employees and people passionate about it we prepared several shows. The first one opened in 1992 (Fables.1779 – still played today).
Most of the plays are in the repertoire all the time and were on stage a few hundred times. In fact Fables… – over a thousand times. This would not be possible without a programme of museum lessons prepared by the Educational Department of the Castle which includes our shows. Still some of them exist on their own like The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys, Threnodies and The Dandy’s Courtship.
All the performances take place in the historical Castle interiors. Their aesthetic and educational value cannot be underestimated and without them we would not create our island.
We invite both the young and the old to come to the royal chambers. Let’s look at the clothes worn in the past centuries, let’s listen to the old music, let‘s savour the Polish language which we do not hear every day.
We open the doors to these chambers permeated by the spirit of Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Thalia and Terpsichore. Plato was right. You will see it when you visit the Atlantis Castle.