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Drama

Nightwork

Jáchym Topol
The Estates Theatre
Suitable for graduation
Famous draft
Contemporary social topic
Modern adaptation

Due to the government shutdown are the box offices of the National Theatre closed from 27th of December, 2020.

Basic information

Venue

The Estates Theatre

Approximate running time

2 hours, no intermission

Language

In Czech

Premiere

February 14, 2019

Performances with English subtitles:

The theatre adaptation of the third novel by Jáchym Topol (b. 1962), Nightwork, evokes the gloomy atmosphere in a Czech border village at the time of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies – a turning point in our history.

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Cast

  • 2020-2021

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Two brothers, Ondra and Kamil, have been “tucked away” there by their father, who pursues an unidentified secret mission and cannot take care of his sons. Consequently, the boys become the village’s “property”, and serve as the channel through which the exacerbated collective memory flows.

Within several August days, depicted by Topol in his singular imaginative style, we seem to find ourselves in the vicinity of all the major events that a typical Czech village might have experienced – war, displacement, collectivisation, but also witch hunts, pogroms, carnival orgies.

In Topol’s novel, history and timelessness intersect in an alarming, nerve-wrecking dance. The task of transferring this dance to the stage was quite a challenge for the director Jan Mikulášek.

Official photos: Martin Špelda

WARNING: We use tobacco products and firearms during the performance.

With English subtitles based on Marek Tomin’s translation of Jáchym Topol’s novel Nightwork, published by Portobello Books in 2014.

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Nightwork Programme

A booklet for the production of Nightwork

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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.

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 Estates Theatre

Unfortunately, there is no parking near The Estates Theater. You can use the guarded parking lot in the Kotva shopping center (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079 / 3a, Prague 1).