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Comedy from catastrophe: Award-winning director debuts play about flooding of 2002

12-05-2006 13:53 | Brian Sabin

Alice Nellis Award-winning director and Czech native Alice Nellis has a new play making its debut this Sunday at the Theatre on the Balustrade in Prague's Old Town. Her films Eeny Meeny and Some Secrets both won a host of trophies, but since 2002 she's stayed away from the silver screen and worked mostly on stage. Her newest work, titled Zaplavy or "Floods" in English, a comedy inspired in part by the catastrophic floods of 2002, is her first original production to appear onstage.   More

Othello the flagship production at this year's Summer Shakespeare Festival

11-05-2006 14:06 | Jan Velinger

Photo: www.shakespeare.cz Every year Prague's Summer Shakespeare Festival draws thousands of visitors to Prague Castle, to view Shakespeare productions on summer evenings under the open sky. Notable productions in the past have included Romeo and Juliet or King Lear - starring the US-based actor Jan Triska.   More

A new "Passion" unveiled at National Theatre

14-04-2006 14:09 | Brian Sabin

Many are familiar with the work of one of the greatest Czech composers, Bohuslav Martinu. Martinu wrote a number of operas in a career that spanned more than half a century. But he wrote only one tragic opera, "The Greek Passion." A new translation of "The Greek Passion" premiered at Prague's historic National Theatre on Thursday night, just in time for Easter.   More

CDs by three generations of Burian family released this month

24-03-2006 09:26 | Ian Willoughby

Gregory Finn This month, most unusually, three new CDs are being released by three generations of the same very well-known Czech family. EF Burian died almost five decades ago, but a new collection of his works has just hit the shops. His son Jan Burian (53) has just brought out a new double album, as has his son Jiri. Jiri goes by the stage name Gregory Finn and leads a rock band called Southpaw. At a joint launch of all three CDs at Prague's Archa Theatre, he told me a little about his famous grandfather.  More

Ewan McLaren - producing cutting-edge theatre in the Czech Republic

20-03-2006 14:07 | Jan Velinger

Ewan McLaren In today's One on One Jan's guest is Ewan McLaren, a Canadian who has lived in the Czech Republic since 1990. For sixteen years Ewan - trained professionally in the theatre - has worked as an actor, director, and finally producer - with such companies as Prague's Studio Ypsilon and the cutting-edge Alfred ve Dvore - The Alfred in the Courtyard Theater. In the interview, Ewan discusses not only his approach to stage performance in the Czech Republic but also his overall fascination with Czech culture. Ewan McLaren - One on One.  More

Open Arms 2006 - National Theatre's festival for and by minorities

02-02-2006 14:40 | Dita Asiedu

The Czech theatre group Vlastenecka Omladina, or Patriotic Youth, was founded 120 years ago in Vienna. It performs two productions annually for the Czech-speaking minority in Austria. But this week audiences in Prague also have the chance to enjoy its work, as the group takes part in a mini-festival entitled Open Arms 2006.   More

The 'Clever Stupid' Rom's fairytale ending - and deeper meaning

26-01-2006 12:25 | Brian Kenety

Theatre director Pavla Dombrovska has long been fascinated by Romany culture; inspired by the vigorous, joyful and often tragic tone of Gypsy music, and enthralled by this people's storytelling tradition. So she set out to adapt for the theatre a collection of Romany folktales: they were compiled - or rather, lovingly transcribed - by the noted scholar Dr Milena Hubschmannova, in the '60s and early '70s. But the play got off to a difficult start: Dombrovska was shocked to find how little she really understood of these "naïve" fairytales, and how opposed Dr Hubschmannova was to the project.  More

Petr Sourek - artistic director of theatre for the homeless

16-01-2006 13:09 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: www.divadlo.cz/jezekacizek The Jezek and Cisek theatre here in Prague is most unusual in that all of its members either are homeless or have spent time on the streets in the past. Its dramaturg, or artistic director, is a young man called Petr Sourek. I caught up with Petr after a recent show at Prague's NoD club, and began by asking him to tell me a bit about the history of the Jezek and Cisek theatre group.   More

Dagmar Havlova to return to stage in 'Moment of Truth'

03-01-2006 14:09 | Jan Velinger

Dagmar Havlova, photo: David Port, MFDnes, 3.1.06 Just a month ago former First Lady Dagmar Havlova - wife of playwright and ex-president Vaclav Havel - admitted she was suffering serious health problems - with her thyroid gland and her heart - requiring quiet and rest. That clearly hasn't prevented the former First Lady from going ahead with plans to return to the stage: in the spring she will appear in a tragicomedy written by US playwright Israel Horovitz. It will be the first time theatre fans will be able to see the actress on stage since 1997.   More

Bittersweet anniversary for Prague's Rokoko theatre

06-12-2005 14:16 | Coilin O'Connor

One of Prague's most venerable theatres is celebrating its 90th birthday this week. From playing host to such stars as Jan Werich and Jiri Voskovec in the 1930s to Helena Vondrackova and Marta Kubisova in the 1960s, the Rokoko theatre has always had a reputation for providing top-quality entertainment for Prague audiences. Nevertheless, despite the festive atmosphere surrounding its anniversary celebrations, the curtain seems set to fall in this theatre for the last time.   More

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