An 18th century theatre

On a perfect sunny day, the antithesis of grey Sunday when I last walked through Łazienki, I made my rugged-up way along slightly icy paths to check out the theatre in the old Orangery. This time it was open, and Thursday’s free day to boot.


The Old Orangery was built between 1785and 1788 for King Stanisław August. The Royal Theatre is one of the few surviving authentic eighteenth-century court theatres in Europe.



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About morselsandscraps

A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
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11 Responses to An 18th century theatre

  1. Sue says:

    I looks fearsome cold there, Meg, so I can see why you needed to be rugged-up! Charming little theatre.

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  2. Sue says:

    Oh, and did you ever post that image you wanted cropping etc?

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  3. Rosemary Barnard says:

    Ah, those shadows and diagonals….I like the way in your blog in the bottom right photo you had removed the dark tree trunk on the right (which was in the version you sent in an email). Such cropping allows the full beauty of the shadows to be the focus. The theatre is a little gem. How is it used? Warsaw really is quite something among all the special places of Europe. Nevertheless, right now I want to increase your homesickness for Australia because I miss you.

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    • There are performances in the theatre – a grand piano was on the stage. I haven’t tracked down exactly what performances. On the agenda for next time. Thanks for the comment about cropping and shadows. Australia is certainly on the horizon – a month today, and only 16 days after Hugo leaves. And then we have Melbourne.

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  4. restlessjo says:

    That seating you’re looking down on is remarkable. And I love the ‘wispy’ lady! What a beautiful place, Meg. Winter hugs bundling your way 🙂 🙂

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  5. Heyjude says:

    Haven’t your Aussie family brought you any sunshine? Hope they are enjoying being in winter wonderland 🙂

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  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a marvellous place, so glad it’s preserved and a free day as well 🙂 What is the slatted cupboard type thing on legs? Stay warm Meg xx

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    • A bird feeder. Warsaw looks after its wintering birds. This is more elaborate than most. They’re usually just a small wooden box stuck up a tree. This one suddenly appeared the other day en route to Łazienki.

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