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Don Hrabal
Opera

Don Hrabal

Miloš Orson Štědroň

An opera portrayal of Bohumil Hrabal, dreamer and seeker of beauty in the everyday

The New Stage
Suitable for graduation
Contemporary Theatre
Unusual concept
Modern adaptation

The National Theatre offers tickets for June  – September 21. 

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre and at the box offices of the National Theatre.  

Basic information

Venue

The New Stage

Approximate running time

1 hour 10 minutes, no intermission

Language

In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

Premiere

December 14, 2017

The opera Don Hrabal depicts the turbulent life of the great and highly singular Czech author, from his childhood to the moment before he voluntarily brought it to an end by jumping from a hospital window. Admirers of Bohumil Hrabal’s work and philosophy of life are now afforded the opportunity to meet the brilliant storyteller and witty commentator as an opera character!

Cast

  • 2020-2021
  • 2021-2021

Creatives

Musical preparation
Jan Chalupecký
Stage director
Linda Keprtová
Motion cooperation
Ladislava Košíková
Light design
Daniel Tesař
Chorus master
Pavel Vaněk
Dramaturgy
Ondřej Hučín

About

The National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra

In the company of the three women who played crucial roles in his life, Hrabal lays bare his innermost feelings, freely guiding us through them against the backdrop of the history of the second half of the 20th century. Assisting him on his voyage is a chorus of his beloved cats and a flock of pigeons, with the latter bearing witness to his very final moments before his fall from the window of the Bulovka hospital in Prague. The over one hour long piece combines a variety of musical styles and rhythms, ranging from jazz, pop and dance to the modern opera idiom. The story blends elements of everydayness with absurdity and black humour.

Besides composing, the contemporary Czech artist Miloš Orson Štědroň also writes texts which he sets to music, with the fruit of his work being remarkable cross–genre music-theatre projects. He has paid systematic attention to distinguished Czech figures (Ivan Blatný, Jaroslav Hašek, František Kupka, Josef Gočár, Jan Hus, Johann Gregor Mendel, Václav Havel, Jan Zábrana, Josef Škvorecký). Don Hrabal is Orson’s second opera, following A Human Tragicomedy, inspired by the writer/philosopher Ladislav Klíma’s drama, which premiered at the Estates Theatre in 2003.

Photographer fot the production: Hana Smejkalová

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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre offers tickets for June –⁠ September 2021

Tickets for October on sale from July 1st.

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

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

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.

Parking at the National Theater

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.

From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.

 

Buffets on the New Stage

Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.