The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw (PL) maintains a regularly updated catalogues of theatres, theatre institutions, schools, periodicals, as well as festivals in Poland. The first one is available at:, the second at:

In the Theatre Documentation Department in the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, several databases are being created:

  • Personal Database includes information about 75,000 people (actors, dancers, singers, directors, choreographers, set designers, composers etc.) connected with Polish drama, puppet, musical and alternative theatre:
  • Performance Database contains information about stagings of all kinds of plays on all theatre stages in Poland, mainly after 1944. It consists of over 50,000 records. Each record contains detailed data: the date and venue of the premiere, the names of all the creators (from directors to assistants) and the full cast. The  base is still being expanded and completed with digitalised documentation materials, such as a poster and/or playbill in the form of an image, scans of photographs, fragments of films, a theatre programme in PDF format, and reviews transformed into a text file:
  • Multimedia Database catalogue includes over 2,000 recordings of performances and other film materials connected with the theatre that are in the collection of the Multimedia Library of the Institute:
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Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute

The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute has been working since 1 July 2003. It documents, promotes and animates Polish theatrical life, moderates public debate on mod­ern Polish theatre and broadens the perspectives of the accompanying research by supporting research and education projects. It is home to the largest website devoted entirely to Polish theatre –; the only internet-based theatre TV in Poland –; and the PROSPERO online bookstore

The Institute manages the largest collection of theatre paraphernalia in Poland. The Library owns 32,000 Polish and foreign books, theatre magazines and publications; the Theatre Documentation Department holds press cuttings, photographs, theatre bills and programmes etc, whereas over 2,000 digital recordings of performances, rehearsals, and documentaries dealing with Polish and international theatre are stored in the multimedia library, all these collections being available in the reading room. The Institute’s Gallery hosts temporary exhibitions related to theatre (also available online at the Virtual Gallery, At 1 Jazdów Street there is also a fully-equipped theatre hall for organising theatre projects, conferences, meetings and lectures.

The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute organises festivals and reviews, promoting interesting phenomena in Polish theatre, and also carries out educational and research projects. Moreover, it is a member of international organisations gathering European and global institutions of a similar nature (such as SIBMAS and ENICPA).


Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute
ul. Jazdów 1, 00-467 Warsaw, Poland

Jadwiga Majewska