The Czech record label Supraphon will release a collection of all fifteen of Jára Cimrman plays on vinyl records to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cimrman Theatre. The fictional character of Jára Cimrman, known as the greatest Czech inventor, artist, explorer and musician of all time, is extremely popular with Czech audiences. The set of 15 LPs will come out on October 7 in a limited edition of 500 pieces. The theatre in Prague’s Žižkov district recently staged two English language versions of the legendary plays.
For the first time ever, non-Czech audiences have the chance to get acquainted with Jára Cimrman, a unique phenomenon of Czech culture. The fictional character has enjoyed immense popularity with Czech audiences for more than five decades. One of the Jára Cimrman plays - The Stand In – was recently translated into English and is now being staged in Prague’s Jára Cimrman Theatre by a group of Prague-based, English speaking actors. I went to see the final rehearsal.
In a couple of weeks’ time, audiences in Prague will get their first chance to see a Jára Cimrman play performed in English. Known as a dramatist, inventor, philosopher, traveller and all-round genius, the fictional character has been hugely popular with Czech audiences since the first Cimrman play in 1967. Ahead of the premiere of the English Cimrman Studio’s production of Záskok or The Stand-In, I spoke to its founder, Brian Stewart – what was his introduction to one of the best-loved comic figures in Czech culture?
Prague’s Jára Cimrman comic theatre is to put on an English language version of one of its plays for the first time. Záskok by theatre stalwarts Ladislav Smoljak and Zdeněk Svěrák will be performed next year as The Stand-In in an English version sponsored by the British Council. A staged reading of the translation, which is by Brian Stewart and Emílie Machalová, will take place at the Žižkov theatre on June 20. Jára Cimrman is a hugely popular fictitious character credited with great inventions and achievements.
One of the greats of Czech film and theatre, Ladislav Smoljak, died at the age of 78 at the weekend. As a director, screenwriter and actor, Smoljak, brought his special humour to the stage and screen over more than four decades. He will perhaps be best remembered as one of the creators of the fictional Czech character Jára Cimrman.
The theatre director, actor and screenwriter Ladislav Smoljak, who co-founded the famous Žižkov Theatre of Jára Cimrman, has died at the age of 78. He had been in hospital following a long bout with illness. The news was confirmed by his son as well as a theatre spokesman on Sunday. Mr Smoljak was a household name in the Czech Republic for film roles in the 1970s and ‘80s and well as for his creative collaboration with writer/director Zdeněk Svěrák. Together, along with Jiří Šebank, they founded and wrote satirical plays for the Žižkov Theatre of Jára Cimrman, based in Prague, focussing on the fictional comic character of Jára Cimrman who somehow wound up involved in defining moments in modern history.
Prague's Jara Cimrman Theatre, named after a popular fictitious character, is about to become involved in an unusual undertaking. It has put together a group of actors and professional climbers who will visit Russia's Altay Mountains this summer. When they get there they plan to christen a hitherto name-less peak - after Jara Cimrman.
In yesterday's programme, the journalist and publisher Alexandr Tomsky recalled his early life and the decades he spent as a rather reluctant exile in London. Now, in the second part of this One on One special, Mr Tomsky talks about his return to Prague, his career in politics and why believes in monarchy. But first he recounts his impressions of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.