National Theatre

National Theatre in PragueThe National Theatre (Národní divadlo) in Prague is the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for its national identity and independence. Collections of money among the broad masses of the people facilitated its construction, and so the ceremonious laying of the foundation stone on May 16, 1868, was tantamount to an all-state political demonstration.

Today the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles–opera, ballet and drama–which alternate in their performances in the historic building of the National Theatre, in the Theatre of the Estates and in the Kolowrat Theatre. All three artistic ensembles select their repertoire not only from the rich classical heritage, but in addition to local authors they focus their attention on modern world output.

On its repertoire there are about 60 performances. The operas are mainly classical. The most popular are Dvořák’s operas, Jaccobin and Rusalka, Verdi’s Rigolleto, Aida and La Traviata, Smetana’s compositions and many, many more. Ballets include Mowghli by Svoboda, Romeo and Julia by Prokofjev, Carmen, Cinderella, and works adapted from Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, etc.

Location: The National Theatre, Národní třída 2, New Town

Tickets prices: range from 350 CZK to 1000 CZK.


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