“Best music theatre in the Capital…”– (R. Pawłowski – Gazeta Wyborcza)

The headquarters are located at ul. Marii Konopnickiej 6 in Warsaw, in the building of YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), which was given for use in 1934.

YMCA – is an apolitical association giving help to the poor and victimized doing didactic – sport workshops. The “Inauguration” of the theatrical scene was an exhibition of radios organized by Philips company.

During the occupation the building was taken over by Gestapo.

After the war in the YMCA building was a place of popular jazz concerts. Jazz was played from vinyls from the American department. When YMCA was terminated due to socialism in Poland, all the vinyls, and it was around 500 of them, were smashed. Leopold Tyrmand who lived at YMCA wrote about it in his “Diary 1945” ( “Dziennik 1945”).

In 1956 the chief editor of the Polish Radio, author and satirist established by the ul.M. Konopnicka 5 Buffo Theatre. Through the next years this scene was opened to the theatres: (Kids of Warsaw, Sirene, Guliwer, Operetka, Rozmaitości), Capital Estrada, Cabarets (“teatime by the microphone”) and an orchestra (named by Stefan Rachoń, Jan Cajmer) which made a lot of recordings for PR.

Today the building is run by KG ZHP.

On the Buffo scene there were major Polish artists such as: Lod Halam, Adolf Dymsza, Ludwik Sempoliński, Tadeusz Olsza, Hanna Skarżanka, Mira Zimińska, Stefania Grodzieńska, Lidia Wysocka, Hanna Bielicka, Irena Kwiatkowska, Mieczysław Fogg, Bogumił Kobiela, Jerzy Wasowski, Jeremi Przybora, Alina Janowska, Wojciech Pokora, Jan Kobuszewski, Gustaw Holoubek, Rena Rolska, Anna German, Czesław Niemen, Krystyna Sienkiewicz, Wojciech Młynarski, and so on.

In 1992 STUDIO BUFFO sp. z o.o. comes to life. It is brought to life by two artists: Janusz Stokłosa – composer (president), Janusz Józefowicz – director and choreographer (artistic director). They decided to establish an independent theatre so that the fame of METRO musical would not fade away. The first premiere of the duet J.Józefowicz & J.Stokłosa which was done in the theatre STUDIO BUFFO was a hit “ PUT A PENNY TO THE PLAYING MACHINE” with E. Górniak, K. Groniec, B. Melzer, R. Janowskim, M. Milowiczem, K. Materną and W. Mann.

Working on the market rules, not using any subvention or public donations, they were able to create an unique Polish song theatre. Today the Studio Buffo theatre has over two hundred hits in its repertoire – from the between wars time until the 90s. Part from its own shows it also presents a lot of artistic events in the field of the theatre, song and jazz, cabaret and estrade. Together until 1992 they played 6000 spectacles and concerts, seen by 2 million viewers.

Among the performers were.: E. Błaszczyk, E. Geppert, A. M. Jopek, Sł. Przybylska, D. Stalińska, M. Umer, V. Villas, G. Wolszczak, M. Bajor, M. Czajka, J. Frycz, J. Gajos, M. Grabowski, A. Grabowski, K. Jakowicz, E. Kamiński, Wł. Kowalski, B. Linda, O. Lubaszenko, W. Malicki, J. Olejniczak, M. Opania, C. Pazura, J. Peszek, R. Rynkowski, M. Stuhr, Sz. Szurmiej, S.Tym, W. Zborowski, Teatr Montownia and a big group of best musicians and cabaret artists in Poland.

Studio Buffo is not only the Theatre but also a Recording Studio, Artistic Studio “Metro” teaching talented kids in the field of music theatre, its own Restaurant and Gallery, which in four years of existence presented over 20 avant – garde works.


Studio Buffo