Archive: Culture | Theatre Theatre

A tour through a world of performance design at the Prague Quadrennial

24-06-2011 15:21 | Christian Falvey

Last week we told you about the opening of the Prague Quadrennial, an unparalleled showcase of world scenography – design for artistic performance – that began in 1967 and only comes around every four years. The exhibits cover everything from costumes, sound design, and theatre architecture to multi-media theatrical and performance art… in short, if you imagine a wildish menagerie of all things theatre, then you’re half way there. For today’s Arts I spent an afternoon walking around one of the most special attractions at the Quadrennial, which is the pavilion of installations from 60 different countries and regions, all entirely unique and hosting some of the best and most imaginative of scenographic work the world over.  More

Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest scenography event, kicks off 12th year

15-06-2011 16:53 | Christian Falvey

Photo: Prague Quadrennial It’s always a long time coming, but the Prague Quadrennial is here again. The world’s largest “performance design” event will be taking place all around the Czech capital for the next eleven days, from the streets to the exhibition palaces, covering all kinds of modern dramatic and visual arts and hosting performers from all over the world.  More

Small theatre company puts Czech politics on stage

28-04-2011 16:32 | Daniela Lazarová

'Blond Bitch', photo: YouTube An impromptu production by a small theatre company has become all the rage in Prague. The title of the piece is Blond Bitch and the script is not by a well-known playwright but by life itself or rather by a promising twenty-six-year old Czech politician whose career just went up in smoke in the worst government crisis in the country’s modern history. Blond Bitch is in fact a play based word-for-word on a secret recording made of former Public Affairs deputy leader Kristýna Kočí.  More

Arts News round-up

01-04-2011 17:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Artbanka In this week’s Arts, we have a round-up of recent stories from the Czech arts scene. In this edition: how a new project called Artbanka is helping emerging young artists in the Czech Republic and Slovakia; the highly-respected Prague theatre Dejvické divadlo launches a new play based on the life of early 20th Czech adventurer Jan “Eskimo” Welzl; and a precious B&W photograph by František Drtikol – stolen two weeks ago – is returned to Prague’s Museum of Decorative Arts.  More

“Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell” returns to Prague stage after alcohol-induced break

24-03-2011 16:02 | Jan Richter

Oldřich Kaiser (on the right) When the theatre play Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell by the British author Keith Waterhouse opened in Prague in March 2009, it became an instant success. The tragicomic show starred a leading Czech actor, Oldřich Kaiser, in the part of the heavy-drinking London journalist Jeffrey Bernard. But the play was cancelled in November because Mr Kaiser, just like the main character, was himself struggling to deal with alcohol abuse. Earlier this month, however, Mr Kaiser returned on stage as Jeffrey Bernard at another venue in the capital.  More

An interview with the best loved of all Czech actors

12-02-2011 02:01 | David Vaughan

Jan Werich For this week’s programme, we have something of a treat: a long forgotten interview from our archives with someone who is nothing less than a Czech legend. If you ask just about anyone in this country who is the best loved Czech actor of all time, you will almost certainly hear the name Jan Werich. Several generations of Czechs have grown up to love the larger-than-life roles he played, his distinctive and deep voice, and his wonderfully expressive and humorous face, immortalized in films that span a career of fifty years. Born in 1905, Werich first shot to fame in the late 1920s, when he joined forces with his friend and fellow actor, Jiří Voskovec and the composer Jaroslav Ježek. Their satirical left-wing musical cabaret, the Osvobozené divadlo, or Liberated Theatre, was immensely popular in the decade leading up to the Second World War, and its songs are much loved to this day.  More

Culture Ministry looking at new concepts for Prague’s classic stages

02-02-2011 16:15 | Christian Falvey

The Estates Theatre, photo: CzechTourism The Ministry of Culture is devising a new conceptual plan for Prague’s premier, state-run theatres. A group of experts has been put together to consider various alternatives for the better use of buildings like the Estates Theatre, the National Theatre and the Prague State Opera. Though only in the initial stages, critics were very quick to latch on to suggestions made in the first of several plans under consideration, raising a question mark over how easy it will be to reform the beloved and traditional, but economically ineffective venues.  More

Unusual Sherlock Holmes play premieres at the Klicpera Theatre

27-12-2010 15:39 | Jan Velinger

It may be the holiday season, a time when most prefer fairy tales on Czech TV, but fans of detective fiction, horror or the avant garde also had a chance to come into their own. Just before Christmas the Klicper Theatre in Hradec Králové premiered a new play by one of the Czech Republic’s most successful playwrights and directors, David Drábek. The focus? None other than the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.  More

The Makropulos Case, directed by Robert Wilson, premieres at Estates Theatre

19-11-2010 15:45 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK A highly-touted production of Karel Čapek’s play The Makropulos Case, directed by acclaimed American designer and director Robert Wilson, premiered at Prague’s Estates Theatre on Thursday. Mr Wilson is known for a highly unique approach to the stage and The Makropulos Case (a comedy about an enigmatic singer sought by all men) includes many signature elements.  More

New festival aims to generate interest in community theatre among Czech audiences and professionals

05-10-2010 | Ian Willoughby

A new festival that has just got underway in Prague focuses on social outreach or community theatre, in which professionals engage in a hands-on way with the world around them. The organisers of the Akcent festival have brought together leading directors in this field from around Europe, with the aim of kick-starting a similar movement in the Czech Republic.  More

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