The Estates Theatre

Ovocný trh 1, Praha 1

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Address:Ovocný trh 1, Praha 1
Capacity:650
Winter heating:Yes
Wheelchair access:Yes
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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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Fidelio

Opera by L. v. Beethoven

October 11, 2018 | 19:00 (Thu)

Organ Festival at St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle

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July 2018

The 8th edition of Czech traditional summer organ music festival at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle complex. The Molzer organ of 4 500 pipes offers rich and romantic sound. Five concerts. Five famous Czech and international organists.

Bach for All International Festival

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June until July 2018

Spend your holiday in Prague with the classical music festival celebrating life and works of the most famous Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The concerts take place at the most beautiful churches in Prague centre. Book now!

Prague Proms Festival 2018

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June until July 2018

The best classical music: the outstanding orchestral concerts in the Smetana Hall and Hybernia Theatre are not to be missed. The world known orchestras, conductors and soloists such as Christian Lindberg or Monica Mancini will perform.

Dvořák Prague International Festival

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September 2018

Highly acclaimed classical music festival where top soloists, conductors and the most internationally praised orchestras are presenting works by Antonín Dvořák and other composers in Prague´s finest venues. Not to be missed!

Listen and Dine

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Music and dinner in Prague. Jazz, classical, traditional. Some great Prague event venues. Exquisite meal. Choice is yours.

Group Discounts

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We offer group discounts

Are you a group of 10+ people? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to negotiate the best price for you. Simply choose the event and we will take care of the rest.

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