The Czech National Theatre is a great venue for ballet and opera. It is an enormous complex with several stages, and encompasses the national opera and ballet companies. Laterna Magika is part of the National Theatre although it is located in a separate, futuristic building. It is one of the major European troupes and at the forefront of multimedia theatre. This popular genre blends music, mime, ballet, surrealism and satire into a powerful mélange that transcends the language barrier. State Opera stages seminal opera, ballet and dance productions. Estates Theatre is Prague’s oldest concert hall, where Mozart conducted the premiere of his opera, Don Giovanni, in 1787. The longest-running classical marionette shows take place at the National Marionette Theatre. To see what’s on during your stay in the city – buy English-language PraguePost newspaper.


Glowing Acts

Black Light theatres are a type of surreal experience that can be found throughout Prague and have been around for the past forty years. It combines elements from cinema, pantomime, dance, drama and puppetry, which is all performed by actors in front of a black screen and illuminated by UV light. Black light theatre performances are held for both adults and children and they are all incredibly spectacular affairs. Two of the best theatres for this are the Black Light Theatre of Jiri Srnec and the Image Theatre.


Tip: First week of June visit Theatre Festival Prague. Performances are held around the city where you can see drama, music, and comedy and dance. This festival lasts about one week.


Theatre Etiquette: Whistling is not considered a positive form of applause: it’s equivalent to booing. Dressing up for the theatre is customary, but is no longer a strict rule. You should however, refrain from wearing trainers. When attending a classical concert or opera, on the other hand, you must be in formal dress.

Theatres in Prague

There are more than 40 theatres in Prague. Apart from big theatres with a classical repertoire, there are smallish theatres – these came into existence mostly in the sixties of the last century to criticize the totalitarian regime, and they have been playing the role of critics and innovators ever …

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Theatre Listing

For a typically Czech theatrical experience, you can choose from three distinctive performance genres, all of which are great for visitors as they are language-free and held in Prague’s city centre. Visually spectacular ‘black light theatre‘ stories are told using elements of mime, modern dance, ballet, animated film, and acting …

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The Vinohrady Theatre

Close to the Náměstí Míru Square, you cannot miss the majestic Art Nouveau building of the Vinohrady Theatre, one of Prague’s oldest and most reputable theatres. The necessity to establish another theatre, so that Prague cultural life could flourish, had been discussed even before the National Theatre was opened to …

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Laterna Magika

This futuristic building just next to the National Theatre is easy to spot because of its all-glass façades. It looks quite out of a place beside the neo-renaissance-styled National Theatre. However, it is appropriate for the cutting-edge multimedia shows which combine dramatic lighting effects, cinema, moveable screens, props and live …

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National Marionette Theatre

Mozart composed “The Opera of Operas” Don Giovanni especially for Prague, where he personally conducted its world premiere in 1787 at the Estates Theatre (Stavovske Theatre). The National Marionette Theatre presents this brilliant opera in a unique version of classical marionettes. It is longest running a classical marionette show in …

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Prague National Theatre

The National Theatre is the leading Czech stage and its repertoire consists of drama, opera and ballet performances. The theatre was founded in 1881, after a great amount of hard work was put into collecting the necessary funding needed for building such a huge theatre. Built in neo-renaissance style, decorated …

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Stavovske Divadlo – Estates Theatre

Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni had its premier here on 29 October 1787 and Mozart himself sat at the piano conducting the orchestra. Built in the 1780s by Count Nostitz Estates Theatre is Prague’s oldest theatre. The Czech anthem (called Where is my home) was first performed here as a part …

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The Ta Fantastika

Black Light Theatre was established in New York in 1981 by Petr Kratochvil. After the Velvet Revolution, the company moved to Prague where it enjoyed immediately success. From 1993 TA FANTASTIKA would continue to perform in UNITARIA Palace in Karlova Street. TA FANTASTIKA was also successful abroad and in the …

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Music Theatre Karlin

Music Theatre Karlin offers comedies with songs, operettas, musicals, excellent ballets or concerts. It is the biggest theatre in the Czech Republic, with a seating capacity of 1099. The building, itself has historical importance, it was built in 1881 in a mock-baroque style. Initially it was built to host the …

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