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Venue: Prague National Theatre

Národní 2
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
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Marysha kills Vávra with a poison poured into his coffee. Few among the audience do not know how the story of a girl married against her will and driven to an act of despair works out. Were it a crime drama, this knowledge would be a detriment. Fortunately, however, there are stories that are worthy of retelling. In our production too, Marysha kills Vávra with a poison poured into his coffee. But what is Marysha like? And what about Vávra? Marysha, a masterpiece of the Czech rural realism (written in a truly outstanding language), today an indisputable part of our dramatic repertoire, entered the National Theatre through the backdoor, when in 1894 Ladislav Stroupežnický decided to stage its premiere within the cycle of afternoon people’s performances. Since then, the National Theatre has created ten productions of the play (with the most recent being J. A. Pitínský’s 1999 adaptation). The National Theatre Drama will do its utmost to make the eleventh Marysha a dignified and festive contribution to the Czech theatre tradition.

Program details

Stage director: Jan Mikulášek
Dramaturgy: Marta Ljubková, Jan Tošovský
Sets: Marek Cpin
Costumes: Kateřina Štefková
Sound design: Michal Cáb
Lighting design: Ondřej Kyncl


Lízal: Vladimír Javorský

Lízalka: Taťjana Medvecká

Marysha: Pavla Beretová

Vávra: David Prachař

Francek: Matyáš Řezníček

Strouhalka: Martina Preissová

Innkeeper: Filip Rajmont

Rozára: Kateřina Císařová

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The historical building of the National Theatre, constructed in 1883, is generally considered the prime stage in the CzechRepublic. It is the flagship of the National Theatre institution, today amounting to five buildings and encompassing four companies. You can see there Opera, Drama and Ballet performances.


Idea of building a stately theatre for the Czech nation


The National Theatre is the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for a national identity and independence. Collections of money among the broad mass of the people facilitated its construction and hence the ceremonial laying of its foundation stone on 16 May 1868 was tantamount a nationwide political manifestation.


The idea of building a stately edifice to serve as a theatre was first mooted in the autumn of 1844 at meetings of patriots in Prague. It began to materialise through a request for “the privilege of constructing, furnishing, maintaining and managing” an independent Czech theatre, which was submitted to the Provincial Committee of the Czech Assembly by František Palacký on 29 January 1845. The privilege was granted in April 1845. Yet it was not until six years later – in April 1851 – that the Society for the Establishment of a Czech National Theatre in Prague (founded in the meantime) made its first public appeal to start collections. A year later the proceeds of the first collections allowed for the purchase of land belonging to a former salt works with the area of less than 28 acres, which predetermined the magnificent location of the theatre on the bank of the river Vltava facing the panorama of Prague Castle, yet at the same time the cramped area and trapezoidal shape posed challenging problems for the building’s designers.

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By metro

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