National Theatre – s known as the alma mater of Czech opera, and as the national monument of Czech history and art.
The National Theatre belongs to the most important Czech cultural institutions, with a rich artistic tradition which was created and maintained by the most distinguished personalities in Czech society. This tradition helped to preserve and develop the most important features of the nation–the Czech language and a sense for a Czech musical and dramatic way of thinking. 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.
Estates Theatre – in the footsteps in W. A. Mozart – the second stage of the National Theatre is located in the beautiful historical building of the Estates Theatre. During a tour you will discover its colourful past, in which the name of W. A. Mozart figures prominently. He conducted the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni here. Certainly you will also hear about the Oscar-winning film Amadeus by director Miloš Forman, who shot a number of scenes here. Its rich programme includes operas, dramas and concerts. Among the most highly acclaimed productions in recent years is The Makropulos Affair by Karel Čapek, staged by the world-renowned American director Robert Wilson with the acclaimed opera singer Soňa Červená in the lead role.
Jiří Srnec Theatre (Black light theatre) – s a theatrical performance style characterized by the use of black box theatre augmented by black light illusion. This form of theatre originated from Asia and can be found in many places around the world. It has become a speciality of Prague, where many theatres use it. The distinctive characteristics of “black theatre” are the use of black curtains, a darkened stage, and “black lighting” (UV light), paired with fluorescent costumes in order to create intricate visual illusions. This “black cabinet” technique was used by Georges Méliès, and by theatre revolutionary Stanislavsky. The technique, paired with the expressive artistry of dance, mime and acrobatics of the performers is able to create remarkable spectacles.
Švandovo Theatre in Smíchov – is a modern European Culture Centre of Performing Arts. Its repertory is constituted mainly by productions of established artistic troupe and also by other productions, which are divided to the periodic programme cycles addicted to various genres and events of performing arts. Svandovo – it´s a beautiful space that attracts a young, academic crowd. All shows in Main Auditorium with English surtitles!
The Ponec Theatre – is one of the most important venues of contemporary dance in the Czech Republic. It opened in 2001 in a building of the former cinema Royal Bioskop that had undergone complex reconstruction. The theatre is to be found at the intersection of the districts of Žižkov, Karlín, and Prague city centre and is operated by Tanec Praha civic association. The theatre programme is made mostly of Czech and foreign dance projects. The Theatre also regularly organizes seminars, conferences, discussions and workshops and provides space, production services and technical equipment to diverse co-production projects. Among the most popular of Ponec events are currently its interactive „dance hall nights“, introducing a different style of dance every month. Ponec regularly hosts a large number of festivals, among them Czech Dance Platform, TANEC PRAHA, Fresh film Fest, Small Inventory, 4 Days in Motion, etc. In 2004, the theatre opened for kids and founded Children Studio, an educational programme focusing on creative development of kids.