June03 2024 (Mon)
7:00 PM

La Ronde

Drama with English and French subtitles

Estates Theatre - Prague Opera tickets | National Theatre drama with subtitles

130 minutes | Available

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Date: June 03, 2024 | 19:00 (Mon)
Venue: Estates Theatre - Prague Opera tickets
Duration: 130 minutes
Status: Available
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La Ronde: ten dialogues about love, life, time and being. Are we lonely, or are we not capable of closeness?

In Czech with English and French subtitles 

La Ronde (Reigen), a play by Arthur Schnitzler (1862–1931), which at the time of its publication provoked virulent critical and popular responses, deserves to be staged at the Estates Theatre. Written at the very end of the 19th century and made up of a set of ten interlocking scenes featuring conversations between couples before and after sexual encounters, scrutinising the sexual morality of Viennese society, it comes across as a dance whirl of yearning and desire in the final years of the century. It can be construed as an account of the era, yet we perceive it as a timeless insight into the most fundamental human need – the need to share and feel close to other people. A strange ritualism leads to seeking parallels. The text prompts us to ponder how time passes. At first glance, it would appear that we know what we are up to. Yet we will try to explore it …

A new Czech translation of the Austrian dramatist and prose writer’s play was made by Pavel Novotný (b. 1976), a poet and Germanist, the holder of the Magnesia Litera award, who pays special attention to the onomatopoeic qualities of the Czech language. Schnitzler’s La Ronde will be adapted in Prague by the distinguished French stage director Arthur Nauzyciel, head of the Théâtre National de Bretagne (TNB), noted for highly stylised dramatic expression and meticulous work with literary texts. The omnipresent emptiness of human relationships, reduced to serve mere satiation of erotic and sexual needs, has been a theme he has focused on in several of his previous productions. Nauzyciel’s La Dame aux camélias was a great theatre event in France prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The production is created in co-production with the Théâtre National de Bretagne (TNB) and is financially supported by the National Theatre Benefactors' Club.


  • Purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • Special smoke and olfactory effects and lamp used during the performance.
  • Suitable for audience from 15 years.
  • No intermission
  • The program may be subject to change.
  • No discounts are provided.
  • Theatre is a cultural institution. Please respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.
  • The price includes service fee of 3,7 € (100,- CZK)

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