The Estates Theatre

Ovocný trh 1, Praha 1 110 00

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Address:Ovocný trh 1, Praha 1 110 00
Capacity:650
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.

Please note:

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

Upcoming events

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Amadeus

Drama performed by the Prague Shakespeare Company in English

June 30, 2017 | 19:00 (Fri)

13th International festival Prague proms

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June and July 2017

What a pleasure to present great international Prague Proms festival highlights for the thirteenth year in a row! Traditional Proms style is to put together a charming blend of classics and jazz.

International Festival Bach for all in Prague

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July 2017

The music festival devoted to the compositions of J. S.Bach will take place in July in Prague. His works will be presented by the most renowned Baroque music performers from the Czech Republic and abroad.

Organ Festival at St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle

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July 2017

Since the Cathedral is used only for liturgical and touristic purposes, this festival is a unique opportunity to hear the full capacity of the Molzer organ, containing 4,500 pipes, offering the listener a rich, romantic sound.

International festival Dvorak´s Prague

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September 2017

From the very beginning the main goal of the Dvorak Prague International Music Festival is to promote the good name of Czech culture via the legacy of the works of Antonin Dvorak, his contemporaries, and his pupils.

Summer in Prague

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Let´s have some fun in Prague this summer! Just choose...

Listen and Dine

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Pairing delicious Czech meal and classical or jazz music.

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Offer to precious people in your life the Via Musica Gift Certificate!

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Are you a group of 10 + people? We offer The Group Discounts!

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