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.
Even in his youth, Vitezslav Jandak was a character actor, resigned to playing second fiddle to the leading man. In the immensely popular film "Tri Orisky Pro Popelku" (1973) - the Czechs' take on Cinderella -- Jandak plays a bumbling fool attending the handsome prince on a hunting trip. Thirty years later and just shy of 100 days into his role as Culture Minister, Jandak -- with his bulbous nose, protruding belly and receding hairline -- has become the nation's most popular politician.
Former president Vaclav Havel has said he is hard at work on a new play. His last wrote a play in 1988, the year before the Velvet Revolution which swept him into office. Mr Havel stepped down as president in February 2003. Before entering politics, he wrote fifteen plays for the theatre. Mr Havel said that, like "all of his previous work," the new play would explore the nature of human identity and address themes of morality and accountability.
A replica of England's famous Elizabethan-era Globe theatre burnt to the ground on Saturday. The round wooden structure, a faithful duplicate of the theatre where many of William Shakespeare's plays were first performed, was built on the Holesovice fairgrounds of Prague in 1999. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Under communism it was practically impossible to be homeless in this country. Since the 1989 revolution that has changed dramatically, with one survey finding there were over 3,000 people living on the streets in the capital alone. For the down and out, getting back on their feet is no easy task. But for a few years now a Prague theatre group has been helping the homeless regain some self-esteem, and a semblance of normality. On Monday it premiered a new play.
He's no diplomat but he has survived nine foreign ministers: meet the Czech Foreign Ministry's 50 year old mascot Pepik. Corruption is a serious problem, but it's giving Czechs a lot of laughs. And, an earthquake rattles window panes in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Letna Plain - just a stone's throw from Prague Castle - was the venue for a colourful cultural event. Letni Letna, or Summer Letna, featured a wide variety of performers, including the world famous Cirque Baroque from France. Letni Letna has just come to an end, and I caught one of the last performances.
Has the romance fizzled out of your marriage? Be extra cautious on the road! Bedrich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride to premiere at the Divoka Sarka open air theatre after an 83 year break. And, fishermen go green with envy over a prize catch brought by the recent local floods! Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The evening calm of Prague's Vltava River has been disrupted this week by a lively theatre production on board a 276-foot tugboat. While cruising on the river in the very heart of Prague, audiences have been enthralled by a theatre adaptation of Russian author Alexandr Glin's maritime fairytale Nachove plachty or Purple Sails as it's known in English. Purple Sails is the brainchild of Petr and Matej Forman - the twin sons of renowned film director Milos Forman. It was first presented in Prague in 2000 as a special event to mark the Czech capital's
The leading American scholar of Czech theatre, Professor Emeritus of Theatre at the University at Albany, Jarka Burian, has died at the age of 78 in the United States. Jarka Burian was born in 1927 to a Czech family living in New York. He served at the University of Albany from 1955 to 1993, and also taught at Cornell, Berkeley and a number of other universities. He published many books on Czech theatre. His work "Modern Czech Theatre: Reflector and Conscience of a Nation", published in 2000, was described as the definitive historical and critical study of Czech theatre of the last century."
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