Prague's Svandovo Theatre aims to be a cultural centre for contemporary literature, music, theatre and visual arts. It is trying to keep the price of its tickets low to attract predominantly but by no means exclusively young people. The theatre's most recent enterprise is to draw also English speaking audiences to come and watch some of the plays they are putting on, ranging from Shakespeare to the contemporaries such as Martin McDonagh and Tracy Letts.
This summer Prague is hosting its 8th Shakespeare Festival. It was initially the idea of the former Czech president Vaclav Havel, who is, of course, no stranger to the theatre himself. This year we can see open-air productions of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet at the Prague, Brno and Bratislava castles. There will also be an English-language puppet production of Hamlet. Laura Teodorescu went to see one of the productions:
A seventy three year old granny from south Bohemia has won 20 million crowns in the lottery, a Czech town has introduced three dimensional zebra crossings to get drivers to slow down and, the National Theatre in Prague has asked for public donations to help finance the repair of statues gracing the building. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Czech legendary genius Jara Cimrman has had a plaque unveiled in London. Is the theatre seat too small for you? Then lose some weight! Those are "EU standard size" seats! Will some Czechs have to give up dumplings to see a play? And, why would hockey star Jaromir Jagr need watering? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Tulip Café is located in an out of the way street close to the National Theatre. Nothing on the outside suggests it could offer more than a delicious café late and a big hunk of mouth watering cheesecake - but many people know better. Tulip Café has become the meeting place for theatre loving members of the Anglo-American community in Prague. It is home to Second Sundays an ex pats theatre group established in September of 2003. Its dozen or so members have since produced a number of cabaret performances at Tulip Café.
In this edition I stepped out to Divadlo Ypsilon, a more melodic name than its English counterpart Theatre "Y". It has been in existence since 1963 and last week the theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary where actors from the company put on an informal performance. Snippets from the theatre's repertoire were played for the occasion exhibiting the versatility and the musicality of all the performers. I spoke with Jan Jiran who has been a resident actor and musical director at Divaldo Ypsilon for almost twenty years. He describes the theatre as
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Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema where screenings are events