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The Estates Theatre - National Theatre

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Address:
Ovocný trh 1
Praha 1 110 00
Capacity:
650
Type:
Theatre
Winter heating:
Yes
Wheelchair access:
Yes

Discover the charm of the Estates Theatre, the only surviving theatre where Mozart conducted!

Enjoy the festive atmosphere of this beautiful theatre in which W. A. Mozart received enthusiastic ovations after conducting his operas.

The Estates Theatre is one of the oldest European theatres, in operation continuously since 1783. It was built by enlightened and patriotically minded Count Nostitz Rieneck, who thus aimed to enhance the cultural life of Prague inhabitans. His idea, that a generally accessible theatre is a moral institution demonstrating the cultural level of the nation, was in compliance with the spirit of the late 18th century, the Age of Enlightenment, and the project of theatre was extremely important for Prague of that time. Although presenting plays in German language at first, the theatre soon started staging also Czech plays. In 1798 the Theatre was bought by the Czech Estates, hence its today´s name.
 
The Estates Theatre is inseparably linked with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer has visited Prague couple of times to compose and give concerts here, and in 1787 he presented his opera The Marriage of Figaro in the Estates Theatre. Under the impression of its enthusiastic reception Mozart composed the Don Giovanni opera for Prague, and personally conducted its world premiere in the Estates Theatre. The opera was an immense success and that is how Don Giovanni and the Estates Theatre have entered the history...

The Estates Theatre was one of the locations in the famous film Amadeus by Milos Forman, and and tribute is paid to Mozart by staging his operas here also nowadays.

Although the name of Mozart shines the most brightly in the history of the theatre, the Estates Theatre allured many other distinct artists of Europe-wide significance. Carl Maria von Weber was a musical directorof the Theatre; the violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini gave a concert here; Arthur Rubinstein, Carl Goldmark and Gustav Mahler conducted at the Theatre. Other famous personalities are e. g. the actors W. A. Iffland, F. Raimund, J. N. Nestroy, W. Scholze, I. Aldrige and many others.

The Estates Theatre was extremely important for the Czech theatre. From the pioneers such as the brothers Thám, to Klicpera, J. K. Tyl, J. J. Kollár, etc., the generations of leading creators and artists presented their plays here. The first Czech modern opera, Skroup’s The Tinker, was presented here in 1826. The play Fidlovacka by J. K. Tyl and F. Skroup, premiered here, includes the song “Where is My Home”, which would later become the Czech national anthem.

 

In the Estates Theatre you can see Opera, Drama and Ballet performances.

 

Theatre is a cultural institution. Please respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.

 


* Walking distance from Prague Ticket Office - Via Musica shop on Old Town Square:
10 min

* Accessibility by public transport:
metro A ( green line) or B (yellow line) - Mustek stop

* Nearest car parking:
Millenium Plaza, V Celnici 10, Praha 1, or Palladium or Kotva shopping malls on Namesti Republiky

Program at this venue for next 30 days

Date and time Event Tickets
31/01/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
02/02/2017 19:00 The Magic Flute Buy
05/02/2017 17:00 La Cenerentola Buy
14/02/2017 19:00 Don Giovanni Buy
17/02/2017 19:00 Viva la Mamma Buy
23/02/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
26/02/2017 14:00 The Magic Flute Buy
02/03/2017 19:00 Viva la Mamma Buy
04/03/2017 19:00 The Magic Flute Buy
07/03/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
08/03/2017 19:00 Don Giovanni Buy
13/03/2017 19:00 Don Giovanni Buy
18/03/2017 19:00 Viva la Mamma Buy
19/03/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
28/03/2017 19:00 The Magic Flute Buy
01/04/2017 19:00 Don Giovanni Buy
04/04/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
07/04/2017 19:00 Viva la Mamma Buy
11/04/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
15/04/2017 19:00 The Magic Flute Buy
22/04/2017 19:00 Viva la Mamma Buy
27/04/2017 19:00 Don Giovanni Buy
02/05/2017 19:00 The Magic Flute Buy
11/05/2017 19:00 La Cenerentola Buy
16/05/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
20/05/2017 17:00 The Magic Flute Buy
29/05/2017 19:00 Le nozze di Figaro Buy
31/05/2017 19:00 Don Giovanni Buy
01/06/2017 19:00 The Magic Flute Buy
16/06/2017 19:00 La Cenerentola Buy
19/06/2017 19:00 Don Giovanni Buy
31/12/2020 19:30 New Year’s Eve with W.A. Mozart! Buy
31/12/2025 19:30 New Year’s Eve with W.A. Mozart! Buy

Upcoming events

Le nozze di Figaro - preview image
Le nozze di Figaro W. A. Mozart 31/01/2017 19:00 Show schedule for this event
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The Magic Flute W. A. Mozart 02/02/2017 19:00 Show schedule for this event
La Cenerentola - preview image
La Cenerentola Gioacchino Rossini 05/02/2017 17:00 Show schedule for this event
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Don Giovanni W. A. Mozart 14/02/2017 19:00 Show schedule for this event
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Viva la Mamma Gaetano Donizetti 17/02/2017 19:00 Show schedule for this event
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