Zbyněk Matějů

Love can overpower even the darkest of spells

The National Theatre

Basic information


The National Theatre

Approximate running time

1 hour 55 minutes, 1 intermission


Revival: 6 June 2020

The dance-theatre production, featuring music by Zbyněk Matějů, choreographed by Jan Kodet and directed by the SKUTR tandem, is based on a Sorbian legend dating from the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.


Amidst a landscape of undulating hills, overgrown with towering forests, a landscape of plains with small lakes and brooks, in a landscape once upon a time inhabited by the now almost extinct nation of Lusatian Sorbs, takes place the story of a boy who had to mature swiftly into a man. The story of Krabat, the sorcerer’s apprentice.

The ballet The Sorcerer’s Apprentice premiered in February 2013 at the National Theatre. You may not be acquainted with white and black magic, be unaware of what the Koraktor is and not be familiar with the Lusatian tale of the boy Krabat, an enchanted mill, the master sorcerer and his 12 apprentices. Yet we all know what it is about, we have no doubts that love has the power to free Krabat from the shackles of spells, and our hearts melt when we witness the strength of friendship, the courage to lay down one’s life for a friend.

The staging team – the SKUTR directors’ tandem and the choreographer Jan Kodet – guide us through the story of Krabat’s emotional path like on a thread. They are supported by Zbyněk Matějů’s sublime music and the performances of the Czech National Ballet dancers.

National Theatre Orchestra

Practical information

Where to buy tickets

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.


While visiting the National Theatre and the New Stage
You can use nearby secure car parks:

Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

because the car park under the National Theater is closed for reconstruction since April 14th 2020.

While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Unfortunately, there is no car park nearby the Estates Theatre. You can either use the National Theatre car park or a secure car park at the Kotva shopping mall (Revoluční 1/655, Praha 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Praha 1).


What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Buffets at the National Theater

No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!