Logo





THE HISTORY





DO YOU KNOW, THAT...?

 
In 1907 auditorium was 800 seats strong?

 
Only Main Stage has special working place for prompter? 

 
Under Main Stage boards is water tank serving as fire precaution measure

 
Mrs Krystyna Szaraniec is the only woman-general manager in Teatr Śląski history?

 
In theatre building there are as many as
9 staircases

 
The most often staged in Teatr Śląski Polish author is Aleksander Fredro

 
The play performed the longest (now
22nd season!) is "Run for your Wife" by
R. Cooney?

 
One can safely walk technical ceiling above Main Stage 21 meters high? 

 
In Teatr Śląski were recorded tv show "Got talent" qualifications?

 
On Teatr Śląski Main Stage was world premiere of rock opera "She"?

 
Czesław Miłosz was thrice Teatr Śląski guest?

 
Michelangelo Buonarotti "David" copy was made in paint-model shop in three weeks and a half? 

 
On Main Stage there are 25 flying bars for stage design changes? 

 
Chamber Stage can be lighted with
70 searchlights at the same time? 

 
We've made more than 1000 premieres in over one-hundred-years history?

 




More than 1000 premieres in over one-hundred-years history! 
 


The Stanisław Wyspiański Teatr Śląski in Katowice is the largest drama stage in Upper Silesia. Opened in 1907 City Theatre (then Stadttheater) building was designed by Carl Moritz. In October 1922 due to initiative of organised in Katowice Polish Theatre Friends Society was inaugurated activity of Polish Theatre in Katowice. In interwar years particulary important was management of Marian Sobański (1927-1939). In repertoire significant were then most important works of Polish classic repertoire (directed also by Leopold Pobóg- Kielanowski), from "Forefathers’ Eve” by A. Mickwicz to dramas of Stanisław Wyspiański who in 1936 became Polish Theatre patron. 

In September 1945 theatre, already working under management of Karol Adwentowicz and Wilam Horzyca became a safe heaven for Polish Drama Theatre in Lvov company. The Stanisław Wyspiański Teatr Śląski in Katowice general manager became Bronisław Dąbrowski. For years theatre collaborators were outstanding directors, stage designers and composers, also Tadeusz Kantor, Józef Szajna, Jerzy Jarocki, Kazimierz Kutz, Maciej Wojtyszko, Franciszek Starowieyski, Wiesław Lange, Barbara Ptak, Jerzy Moskal, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar.

Among many generations of actors in history of Katowice stage were such personalities as Tadeusz Łomnicki, Gustaw Holoubek (in 1954-56 artistic manager), Ewa Lassek, Tadeusz Kalinowski, Bolesław Mierzejewski, Ignacy Gogolewski (general manager in 1971-1974) or debuting here Ewa Dałkowska, Krzysztof Kolberger and Marek Kondrat. One can’t omit many prized general managers-directors: Jerzy Zegalski, Bogdan Tosza, Henryk Baranowski, Tadeusz Bradecki or Robert Talarczyk (present general manager).

Theatre mission is to be national stage in Silesia. In its repertoire, above all on Main Stage, permanet place take outstanding items of Polish and world classic drama. In last year openings had also drama written in Silesian local dialect ("Polterabend" by Stanisław Mutz, dir. Tadeusz Bradecki and "The Fifth Quarter of the Globe" by Kazimierz Kutz, dir. Robert Talarczyk). In 1981 came into being Chamber Stage where most often are staged modern Polish and foreign dramas. Third place of presentation is Malarnia (Paint Shop) Stage, created in 1992 in former Masonic lodge premises. 

Different artistic meetings, art and musical presentations help broaden artistic theatre offer. This way realised are Stanisław Wyspiański’s, patron of Katowice stage, ideas. In working for over twenty years Gallery Foyer presented are exhibitions of eminent Polish and foreign artists, also Jerzy Duda-Gracz, Henryk Waniek, Adam Myjak, Günter Grass, Edward Dwurnik, Pol Leurs, Leszek Żegalski, Tomiyuki Sakuta and others .
Teatr Śląski has many international liaisons. In last year played on many European stages, also in Paris, Madrid, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Târgu Mures, Kosice, Ostrava, Düren, Torino, and in Lvov. 

Teatr Śląski Programme Board: Zbigniew Białas, Mirosław Błaszczyk, Michał Czarski, Krystyna Doktorowicz, Jerzy Dolinkiewicz, Łucja Ginko, Tadeusz Kijonka, Dariusz Miłkowski, [Feliks Netz †], Jacek Rykała.