2 hours 10 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutesLanguage
February 28, 2019
The most popular of the Czech classics will be adapted for the stage. First published in 1853, under the title A Bouquet of Czech Folk Tales, it was the one and only collection of poems by Karel Jaromír Erben (1811–1870). Inspired by Czech legends and tall stories, it garnered success back at the time of publication and went on to influence numerous artists.
The book, featuring symbolism bound with nature, everyday rural life and tradition, comprises passionate and erotic tales teeming with supernatural beings and macabre phantoms. The Wedding Shirts, The Water-Goblin and The Noonday Witch, magical myths of love and spine-chilling fables, was adapted for the stage of the National Theatre historical building by the SKUTR creative tandem of stage directors Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský, who have gained acclaim with their production of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, performed at the Estates Theatre. The two artists have a penchant for the subjects treated by Erben – ritualised archetypal themes, such as love and death, the relationships between the mother and the child, man and woman, humans and nature, have appeared in their productions in a myriad of forms and contexts.
Official photos: Pavel Hejný
We would like to thank the company PRECIOSA for creation a dress made of a crystal matrix for Anna Fialová who plays the water-goblin’s wife in the poem The Water-Goblin.
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!