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Klaus Mann

Premiere performances: 18 and 19 April 2024 at the State Opera

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    Thursday 18. 4.

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    Thursday 23. 5.

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    Basic information


    The State Opera


    In Czech


    April 18, 2024

    Famous “career novel”, fascinating for its precise psychological study.


    • 2023-2024


    Stage direction and dramatization
    Marián Amsler
    Jana Slouková
    Costume design
    Marija Havran
    Light design
    Karel Šimek


    A stage adaptation of the famous “career novel”, fascinating for its precise psychological study of a relentless pursuit of fame and the fate of the unscrupulous main character, who voluntarily sells his soul to the regime and the opportunistic society in return for his success as an actor. A story about love for art, obsession with theatre and the lure of golden portals. Above all, it is a cautionary tale about an actor who took acting as the role of his life.

    Can we recognise the moment when talent is crushed by unrestricted ambition? How does it feel to serve evil and believe that evil in turn serves us? A story about the strong power of theatre over society and how its ethical message can be swiftly turned into a tool of propaganda. It shows how tricky it is to balance on the edge of a changing world and how easy it is to lose face behind a theatrical mask. The play is also a strong warning that we must never again  succumb to instincts and hatred, even in a time of insecurity, fear and undermined trust in democracy.

    The novel, a sarcastic depiction of the rise and birth of German Nazism, was first published in Mann’s native country only in 1956. It was turned into film by director István Szabó in 1981, which gained him worldwide popularity.


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    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 October at 9am we selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of March 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

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