The management of Prague’s National Theatre has called for the dismissal
of Culture Minister Alena Hanáková, over Friday’s unexpected sacking
the theatre’s director Ondřej Černý. The management questioned the
move in an open letter to the prime minister and criticized the culture
minister’s decision to appoint her deputy Martin Sankot as a temporary
replacement. The culture minister has agreed to meet with theatre
representatives on Tuesday but made it clear that her decisions regarding
the theatre were irrevocable.
Minister Hanáková on Friday sacked the theatre’s director without forewarning, later saying that she was not happy with the pace of the ongoing merger of the National Theatre and the Prague State Opera. The theatre head has rejected the stated reason for his dismissal saying his sacking and the manner in which it was undertaken reflected “arrogance of power”. Černý’s mandate was to have expired in March of 2013. A number of Czech actors, playwrights and theatre directors have sighed a petition against his dismissal.
The management of Prague’s National Theatre has requested a meeting with
the culture minister, Alena Hanáková, over Friday’s unexpected
dismissal of the theatre’s director Ondřej Černý. The management has
questioned the move in an open letter to the minister and criticized her
decision to appoint her deputy Martin Sankot as a temporary replacement.
The management says the task should be given to someone from their own
ranks in view of the complexities involved in managing such an institution.
Minister Hanáková on Friday sacked the theatre’s director without forewarning, later saying that she was not happy with the pace of the ongoing merger of the National Theatre and the Prague State Opera. The theatre head has rejected the stated reason for his dismissal saying his sacking and the manner in which it was undertaken reflected “arrogance of power”. Černý’s mandate was to have expired in March of 2013.
Culture Minister Alena Hanáková has dismissed the head of Prague’s National Theatre Ondřej Černý. A spokesman for the ministry said Mr. Černý had received a terse notice of dismissal on Friday morning saying there had been no mention of why he was being sacked. Minister Hanakova’s deputy Martin Sankot will run the theatre until a new head is appointed. Černý’s mandate would have expired in March of 2013.
In today’s Arts my guests are American actor and producer Brian Caspe (who is also the artistic director of the Prague Playhouse) and Czech actress Veronika Bellová just two of many in the cast & crew involved in a new English-language production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The show which lasts through July and has already gotten great reviews.
The Semafor theatre, one of the oldest continuous traditions of modern Czech entertainment, is still putting out new performances after 53 years of existence. The latest concoction of multi-genre comedy theatre is ‘Kam se poděla Valerie?’, or ‘Where Did Valerie Go?’, which has four pre-premieres this week and next, before the real premiere in September.
The Nové divadlo (New Czech Theatre) was established in the Canadian city of Toronto in 1970. Since then it has enjoyed several high points: the great actor Jiří Voskovec appeared in one production, Josef Škvorecký wrote a play for the amateur group and it staged the world premiere of the Czech language version of Václav Havel’s Temptation. In 2010, the New Czech Theatre received an award from the Czech Foreign Ministry for its work in promoting the good name of its founders’ native country. Sadly, Mr Toman passed away in the Czech Republic last
This Saturday will see two bilingual performances in Prague of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues a play that has empowered women worldwide, tackling not only issues of sexuality but also rape and abuse. The ‘Monologues’, unlike almost any other work, have inspired an entire activist movement. Ahead of the Prague performance, Radio Prague talked to co-producer Gail Whitmore.
The increasingly absurd world of Czech politics is proving a huge success at a small Prague theatre house which is drawing the crowds with a political cabaret based on real life politics. Actors reciting verbatim excerpts from wiretappings involving prominent politicians and statements from the scandalous trial against the de-facto leader of one of the ruling parties keep the audience in gales of laughter; a sad testimony of the sorry state of Czech politics.
The popular Czech film and theatre actor Bronislav Poloczek died on Friday at the age of 72, a spokesman for Prague’s National Theatre said. Mr Poloczek, who was an ethnic Pole, appeared in his first film in 1960. In 1988, Bronislav Poloczek joined the National Theatre in Prague. His role in the 1992 film Černí baroni, or Black Barons, about a communist-era military unit made up of the regime’s opponents, brought him nationwide popularity.
Actor and senator for the Civic Democratic party Tomáš Topfer is to head Prague’s prestigious Vinohrady Theatre as of September 1st. He will be replacing 72-year-old Jindrich Gregorini who earlier announced his decision to retire. Topfer, a well known theatre actor who has headed another Prague theatre –Na Fidlovačce – since 1998, received unanimous support from Prague councilors. His senatorial mandate is due to expire in the autumn.