Laterna magika

Wonderful Circus

Legendary tale of chasing the immortal beauty

The New Stage
For the whole family
Traditional adaptation

Dear spectators,

The National Theatre operates at full capacity and all purchased tickets remain valid. However, it is obligatory to wear a face mask or other similar protection of the nose and mouth inside the theatre.

Spectators entrance, stay in the theatre and the subsequent exit is organized by the theatre staff in a special mode so that the visitors of the individual sectors are separated from each other and do not have to meet even in the areas of refreshments, restrooms or cloak rooms.

Thank you for respecting the government regulations and we look forward to seeing you.

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    September 2020

    Sunday 27. 9.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    October 2020

    Friday 9. 10.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Saturday 10. 10.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    November 2020

    Thursday 5. 11.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Friday 6. 11.
    10:00

    Tickets available

    Friday 6. 11.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    December 2020

    Saturday 19. 12.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Wednesday 30. 12.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Thursday 31. 12.
    17:00

    Tickets available

    January 2021

    Friday 1. 1.
    14:00

    Tickets available

    February 2021

    Saturday 13. 2.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Saturday 20. 2.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    April 2021

    Sunday 18. 4.
    17:00

    Subscription sale

    Basic information

    Venue

    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 30 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

    Premiere

    April 16, 1977

    Curiosities

    Premiered in 1977!

    Almost 6 500 re-runs worldwide

    Wonderful Circus had its premiere way back in 1977(!), and since that time has been the most-performed title of Laterna magika with over 6 400 re-runs. In the current repertoire it is also the most typical sample of the art of Laterna magika: a work by a great creative team that synthesizes various components of theatre. Theatrical space is transformed into a circus tent, and the audience is drawn into the action by, among other devices, a panoramic projected picture and popular tricks involving interpenetration of imagination and reality.

    Cast

    • 2020-2021

    About

    This poetic story about a futile quest for the unachievable is embodied by figures of clowns incited by a magician – the Seducer – and a vision of the beautiful Venus, who takes on the forms of earthly women. The spiritual father of the presentation was a remarkable director Evald Schorm alongside with the long-time head of Laterna magika, the world-famous Czech theatrical architect Josef Svoboda, who applied his fantasy to the stage of Laterna Magika until the end of his life. Also sharing in the presentation were for example Jan Švankmajer (as author of the scenario and stage director), Jiři Srnec (otherwise known as the founder of Czech black theatre), the film cameraman Emil Sirotek, and choreographers Karel Vrtiška, Vlastimil Jílek, Jíří Hrabal, Josef Koníček and František Pokorný. Yet another well-known name among the collaborators is that of the visual artist and illustrator Zdenek Seydl, who has worked with many theatres. The presentation has a suggestion of Czech ‘poetism’, thanks in part to the stylization of its characters into a circus environment. The audience can be entertained while also gaining a deep understanding of the human soul.

    Recommended for audience 5+ 

    What visitors say:
    "Wir waren im "Wonderful Circus"ist und es war einzigartig und ein bisschen verrückt. Nichts was wir vorher gesehen hatten. Natürlich ist es kein Theater Stück vom Broadway. Trotzdem wurde viel Liebe und Zeit investiert und das merkt man. Zu Anfang fragt man sich, was man grade anguckt und versteht erstmal gar nichts und je länger man zusieht desto mehr hebt sich eine zusammenhängende Geschichte ab, man lernt die Charaktere kennen und erlebt wundervolles Theater. Wir haben viel gelacht und werden gar nicht fertig damit, die verschiedenen Eindrücke und Details zu diskutieren. Bestimmt würde man nach der 2. und 3. Vorstellung immer noch Dinge entdecken, die man zuvor nicht gesehen hat. Was uns ein bisschen gefehlt hat, war das Schwarzlicht, denn das sieht echt super aus. Kurze Szenen haben Schwarzlicht, aber der Großteil ist eine Kombination aus Filmabschnitten, mit denen die Schauspieler interagieren. Übrigens: Das Publikum wird auch 2-3mal mit einbezogen. Aber ich will nicht zu viel verraten. Ich sag nur so viel: geht da rein und schaut es euch selbst an! Es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall!" (Lelli_Le, 4.11.2016)

    "Don´t miss the "Wonderful Circus" show. This show is a winner. I enjoyed every moment. Creative, humorous, beautiful costumes, talented dancers, entertaining, perfect interaction between the actors and the huge cinematic screen. I got a sense of great appreciation for the professionalism displayed. Highly recommended." (mh972, 16.10.2015)

    "Expecting an old-fashioned show and getting a really good performance. The show was perfect! The experience of motion picture, ballet, music and sounds - recommendable!" (mareko879, 26.8.2015)

    "Unsere Vorstellung am 5.6.14 rundete 5 tolle Tage in Prag zauberhaft ab. Es ist mit nichts vergleichbar, was wir bisher gesehen haben (Cirque du soleil, russischer oder chinesischer Staatszirkus, Roncalli etc). Das Theater ist in die Jahre gekommen, was aber irgendwie auch liebenswert ist. Die Vorstellung beeindruckte durch die echte "reale Zirkuswelt" auf der Theaterbühne und das Leben auf der Kinoleinwand, Phantasie und Realismus. Zwei Welten, zwischen denen die beiden Hauptfiguren (Clowns) hin-und herwechselten, ohne das wir es richtig wahrnehmen konnten. Sehr beeindruckend, toll gemacht. Leider war das Theater nur zu 1I3 gefüllt und keiner traute sich während der Vorstellung zu klatschen. Die Meinungen nach der Vorstellungen waren aber eindeutig: wirklich eine andere Welt, in die wir entführt worden sind. Wir sind froh, dass wir uns nicht für das schwarze Theater, sondern für Laterna Magica entschieden haben und empfehlen den Zauberzirkus weiter." (Sirleni99, 13.7.2014)

    "We saw the magical circus show, which has been running for more than 30 years. Although the film footage is clearly dated, the show is charming and we enjoyed it. Furthermore, there is no language barrier, so the show is also well suited for children." (Travelinclination, 18.4.2014 TripAdvisor)

    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 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.

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    Wonderful Circus Programme

    A booklet for the production of Wonderful Circus

    45 Kč