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Karel Čapek

Premiere performances: 1 and 2 December 2022 at the National Theatre

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    Sunday 4. 2.

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    Sunday 21. 4.

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    Approximate running time

    2 hours 50 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


    In Czech, surtitles in English


    December 1, 2022

    If infidelity were a sufficient motive for murder, how many men and women would still be alive?


    • 2023-2024


    Stage director
    Michal Vajdička
    Dramatisation and dramaturgy
    Ilona Smejkalová
    Costume design
    Katarína Hollá


    After eight years of working in the USA, Juraj Hordubal returns to Carpathian Ruthenia, looking forward to seeing his devoted wife Polana and loving daughter Hafia. Naively expecting everyone to welcome him warmly, he rather idealises his homecoming. Yet despite meeting with a frosty reception, Hordubal still believes that everyone will soon get used to his being around and things will be better. When he discovers that his wife has had an affair with the young farm keeper Štěpán Manya, the relationship between the two men becomes extremely tense and the latter is forced to leave his post. Nevertheless, Polana and Manya keep meeting. The strange love triangle ultimately culminates in a murder. The epic psychological story thus suddenly turns into a thrilling investigation of the criminal act. Who is the culprit and who covers for whom? This funeral reception does not bring any relief …

    Is Hordubal a submissive husband who after returning from the “big world” transforms into a rational liberal? Or is he a “lonely white heterosexual male”, now and then a moving and comical dimwit, whose universe suddenly changes before his eyes? The famous novel by Karel Čapek (1890–1938) is intriguing in that it affords two different viewing angles, confrontation between imagination and reality. In this light, the stage director Michal Vajdička, whose style features elements of the conservative theatre model refined by modern, sophisticated dramatic facets and thorough work with the actors with the aim to give precise portrayals of characters, is certainly the right choice to adapt Hordubal.  

    Official photos: Martin Špelda

    WARNING: We use tobacco products and fire effect during the performance. Suitable for audience from 12 years.

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