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Most larger Czech towns and cities have their own theatre. All these theatres have a good level of quality both with respect to the interior, actors and the repertoire. Most theatres have only plays in Czech language. In Prague, foreigners can choose their favourite theatres, as many Prague theatres offer performances in English or at least with English subtitles.

National Theatre

National Theatre is the representative scene of the Czech Republic. It is one of the symbols of the national identity and it is a part of the European cultural territory. It is a bearer of the national cultural heritage and a space for free artistic creation at the same time.

The present-day National Theatre includes three artistic ensembles - opera, drama and ballet - and the artistic administration of the theatre includes five stages - National Theatre, Estates Theatre, State opera, New Scene and Kolowrat Theatre. Artistic ensembles of the opera, drama and ballet choose their repertoire not only from the rich classic heritage, but besides Czech authors, they also focus on the modern world art.

Black Light Theatre

Black Light Theatre is a type of theatre production. It consists of the use of the principle of a black cabinet, when the stage is darkened and the black-dressed actors are not visible to the spectator against the black background. Stage properties and objects illuminated by sources of ultra-violet radiation or by mobile spot reflectors thus seem to move by themselves and to have a unique life of their own. There are many black and light theatres in Prague, the most renown include Image Theatre, Jiří Srnec Theatre, Ta Fantastika or WOW Black Light Theatre.

Laterna Magika

Laterna magika is the name of multimedia theatre in Prague, the principle of which is a combination of stage performance with sound and movie screen. Laterna magika won a huge international acclaim in the world exposition EXPO 1958 in Brussels. This theatre was founded by the director Alfréd Radok and scenographer Josef Svoboda, who integrated the movie screen with performances of a live actor or dancer. After the great success in Brussels, the cinema Moskva in the Palace Adria in Prague was rebuilt for the program of Laterna magika and touring ensembles were created to satisfy the demand for Laterna magika performances in the world. Today, Laterna magika uses a broad range of devices from its rich experience, so each performance is based on a different principle of a combination of the stage and the screen.

Puppetry

Puppetry is a form of theatre that most often uses an inanimate object as its basic (but often not the only) expressive device. The most typical inanimate object it uses is a puppet. The history of puppetry can be traced back to the Antiquity, it was an art typical of many nations above all in Asia and Europe. In the Czech countries, puppetry has been one of the traditional forms of theatre entertainment for many centuries. The most famous puppeteer of the Czech history was Matěj Kopecký with his puppet of Kasperle and the famous puppeteers of the modern times were Josef Skupa and Miloš Kirschner with the puppets of Spejbl and Hurvínek, which you can still see used in puppetry today.

Magical puppetry variety show and Don Giovanni are the double program of the best of the master work of exclusively Czech marionetters and from the tradition of the Czech puppetry. The most popular performances and "hits" are from the Czech puppetry bestseller - original marionette version of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, which has achieved more than 3000 repeats since 1991 and has been introduced in 57 cities of Europe.

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