Prague’s theatres have been integral to the social and political upheavals the country has endured in the past. Heavily censored during the revolution and acting as meeting places for the most senior governmental figures, the theatres have now shed the shadows Communism cast and have been experiencing a resurgence in audience figures of late. There are now several English-speaking companies based in the Czech Republic’s capital and traditional puppet theatres can also be found that bridge the language gap and keep children and adults entertained for hours.
Prague Theatres Travel Guide
With famous composers including Dvorak originating from the city, classical music concerts are a favourite with city-dwellers, and audiences peak around the time of the Prague Spring Festival held annually in May. If you happen to obtain tickets then expect to hear a lot of Czech Opera – productions of Don Giovanni are particular favourites!
For more details on cultural events then visit a Prague Information Office or check out a copy of the weekly published Prague Post or Prague in Your Pocket which contains comprehensive listings and reviews and can be bought from newsstands.
It is cheaper to purchase your tickets directly from the venue itself, but ticket agencies are useful if you don’t have much time or want entry to larger events. TicketPro, Salvatorska, 10, telephone 224 223 613, Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm and Bohemia Ticket International, Male nam, 13, Stare Mesto, telephone 224 227 832, Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 10am-3pm.
1. Municipal House
Obecni drim, nam Republiky 5 Telephone – 222 002 107
Come and see the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra or the Prague Chamber Philharmonic perform in this stunning art nouveau building. The opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival is also played in the glorious Sonetana Concert Hall.
Nam Jan Palacha, Stare Mesto Telephone – 227 059 352
Once the seat of the Czechoslovak Parliament, this suitably impressive building acts as the main venue for the Spring Prague Festival and also contains an art gallery and well-stocked café.
3. National Theatre
Narodni Divaldo Telephone – 224 913 437
Opulent, beautiful and filled with amazing statues, the grand foyer hints at the architectural delights found inside where ballet and opera are performed during the evenings, or guided tours during the day.
4. Laterna Magika
Nova Siena, Narodni triad 4, Nove Mesto Telephone – 224 914 129
Situated adjacent to the National Theatre, this futuristic theatre uses various multimedia devices to put on spectacular shows for adults and children alike. Tickets cost 600Kc+.
5. Prague State Opera
Wilsonara 4 Telephone – 224 227 266
Although the operas are performed in the native tongue, the sheer elegance and loveliness of the neo-classical building means you cannot help but enjoy whatever you happen to be seeing. Tickets cost anything from 50Kc to 600Kc. A must.
6. Divaldo Spejbla a Hurvinka
Dejvicka 38, Dejvicka Telephone – 224 316 784
A delightful puppet theatre, featuring the marionette duo Spejbl and Hurunek, a sort of Czech Punch and Judy, that were created by Josef Skupa during the first half of the twentieth century.