ATLANTIS – the way to the Castle

The concept of a contemporary Atlantis appeared in Warsaw theatre circles in 1992. Jacek Pacocha, a director and actor, came up with a new then idea of establishing the ATLANTIS Artistic Agency. The aim was to produce artistically ambitious dramas. Its premiere was Fables.1779 (December 1, 1992). Then came The Dismissal of Greek Envoys (June 7, 1993). Both were staged in the Royal Castle.

After this encouraging start Atlantis began to work on a full spectacle. Concert of St.Ovid by Antonio Buero-Vallejo (directed by Jacek Pacocha) was performed in the Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw in December, 1993. The ground breaking for its times performance (participation of blind actors) gained the approval of Polish and foreign audiences.

Staromiejski Dom Kultury (The Old Town Community Centre) in Warsaw was invited to participate in the next productions. Thus the ATLANTIS THEATRE was formed with the head of the SDK Sebastian Lenart as its manager and Jacek Pacocha, as its artistic director. Don Juan from Sevilla by Tirso de Molina, Parades by Jan Potocki, Mr Pasek by Jan Chryzostom Pasek, The Bible: the Complete Word of God (abridged) by Long, Martin and Tichenor, Cabaret on Wheels by Wanda Chotomska, Veranda by Gierak and Pacocha were produced. Well known directors such as Edward Wojtaszek , Jarosław Kilian, Arkadiusz Jakubik participated in the preparations. Performances were staged in the Stara Dziekanka in Warsaw, in the Royal Castle, the National Museum, the Wilanów Palace, Komedia and Rampa theatres. They were invited to various festivals, foreign tours and open air events.

Still the preparation of large scale productions without proper stage (SDK does not have one) and without external financing (crisis after the boom at the turn of the century) was too arduous in comparison to the artistic satisfaction of the participants.

But…The number of performances in the Castle grew. There were new premieres which stayed in the repertory. Then the popular performance of Dandy’s Courtships (2004) was shown and for years was staged in May in the Theatre on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki. The Castle shows of Atlantis started to be invited to various open air productions and other outdoors occasions (due mainly to the cooperation with the ART Foundation). In the Castle they took part in many different activities. These included Castle’s Open Days and events organized by the Workshop of Museum Activities. The idea of a theatrical Atlantis began to develop. That is how the ATLANTIS CASTLE came into being.

The name means to us versatility. And we hope that is most interesting. We invite you to get acquainted with our offer.


manager – Jacek Pacocha

director – Jacek Bursztynowicz

communication manager – Anna Artymowska


Joanna Kupińska, Alina Więckiewicz, Monika Markiewicz, Mateusz Banasiuk, Stanisław Banasiuk, Marek Bartkowicz, Tomasz Gęsikowski, Grzegorz Gierak, Sławomir Grzymkowski, Grzegorz Grzywacz, Sławomir Holland, Wojciech Machnicki, Antoni Ostrouch, Dariusz Sikorski, Sebastian Świerszcz.

special participation:

Barbara Bursztynowicz, Aldona Orman


Marcin Zalewski, Paweł Zalewski, Piotr Zalewski

stage designers:

Justyna Łagowska-Klata, Małgorzata Bursztynowicz


Katarzyna Buczek, Agnieszka Wardak

site design and administration – Stanisław Artymowski

English version  – Agnieszka Bednarska

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