December14 2019 (Sat)
7:00 PM

Leonce & Lena

Ballet based on Georg Büchner’s play

The Estates Theatre | Classical Music

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Date: December 14, 2019 | 19:00 (Sat)
Venue: The Estates Theatre
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Ballet performance based on Georg Büchner’s 1836 play

The renowned German choreographer Christian Spuck’s 2008 ballet Leonce and Lena, created for the Aalto Theater in Essen, is based on Georg Büchner’s 1836 play.

A satire well hidden in humour tells the story of Leonce, Prince of Popo, a melancholic, dreamy young man, and Lena, the beautiful Princess of Pipi, who had their political marriage arranged upon their birth.

They rebel against the decisions made by their fathers. On the eve of their planned wedding, Leonce and Lena flee to Italy, where they accidentally meet in an inn and fall in love with each other.

Following their return to the Kingdom of Popo, their identities are revealed, yet Leonce and Lena no longer perceive their marriage as being forced upon them by their parents, but as a result of the intervention of providence.

They ultimately accept their predetermined roles as King and Queen. The production has been staged by such prominent companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, the Stuttgart Ballet and Ballett Zürich.


  • Johann Strauss, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Martin Donner, Alfred Schnittke


National Theatre Orchestra 
National Theatre Soloists


  • The program may be subject to change.
  • Purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • For the performances of the National Theatre, Forum Karlín, Karlín Music Theatre and the Estates Theatre, no discounts are provided.
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