November27 2024 (Wed)
7:00 PM

The Bacchae

Drama with English subtitles

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

110 minutes | Available

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Date: November 27, 2024 | 19:00 (Wed)
Venue: Estates Theatre - Prague Opera tickets
Duration: 110 minutes
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The Bacchae by Euripides (c. 480 – c. 405 BC) foregrounds the themes of humility, revenge, mass hysteria, as well as travesty

In Czech with English subtitles 

The young god Dionysus arrives in Thebes so as to initiate the city inhabitants into his cult. His passionate female followers, the Bacchae, revel in a strange ritual, during which they indulge in orgies and fall into a madness-like state. Their behaviour infuriates King Pentheus of Thebes, who confronts the stranger. Unfortunately, he has no inkling who his rival is, ignoring the advice of those around him to show humility. The arrival of a new god may not necessarily mean salvation, yet it certainly does herald the accession of a new order. Who is right? Is it Pentheus, who refuses to understand the impending change and instead strives to firmly grasp the world, or is it Dionysus the “rubble rouser”? Perhaps equilibrium can never hold sway without chaos …

The production of The Bacchae by Euripides (c. 480 – c. 405 BC) foregrounds the themes of humility, revenge, mass hysteria, as well as travesty, focusing on the conflict arising in individuals and entire communities as a result of repudiation of religion. And it raises timeless questions. Although deeming ourselves to be atheists, at the bottom of our hearts we, willy-nilly, harbour faith, with transcendence being still present today, as a dimension of life that is impossible to define but must be lived. At the present time, when we witness massive dissemination of all kinds of information, when “incontrovertible truths” flood the virtual space, when rational arguments yield ground to unfounded theories and fallacies, our civilisation seems to be heading to unavoidable perdition. People devour each other, strike one another with clubs, bite each other’s heads, get lost in fury and indulge in unstoppable rampage …

The production of Eurypides’ The Bacchae, to be staged at the Estates Theatre by Jan Frič, will undoubtedly present a singular interpretation of the Antique drama. The play will be presented in a new Czech translation by Matyáš Havrda and Petr Borkovec, directly commissioned by the National Theatre in Prague. 


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

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