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Drama

Mephisto

Klaus Mann

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

The State Opera
Premiere production
English surtitles

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    April 2024

    Wednesday 17. 4.
    11:00

    Tickets available

    Featured programme ND+
    Dress rehearsal
    Premiere production
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    Wednesday 17. 4.
    19:00

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    Preview
    Premiere production
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    Thursday 18. 4.
    19:00

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    Featured programme ND+
    1. premiere
    Premiere production
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    Premiere

    Friday 19. 4.
    19:00

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    2. premiere
    Premiere
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    Saturday 27. 4.
    19:00

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    May 2024

    Wednesday 8. 5.
    19:00

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    Premiere production
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    Thursday 23. 5.
    19:00

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    Premiere production
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    Friday 24. 5.
    19:00

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    October 2024

    Tuesday 1. 10.
    19:00

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    Premiere production
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    November 2024

    Sunday 3. 11.
    19:00

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    March 2025

    Thursday 6. 3.
    19:00

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    Basic information

    Venue

    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 55 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes

    Language

    In Czech, surtitles in English

    Premiere

    April 18, 2024

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

    Cast

    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025

    Creatives

    About

    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.

    Official photos: Patrik Borecký

    WARNING: We use smoke machine, tobacco products and fire gun during the performance. 

    Suitable for audience from 15 years. 

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      Practical information

      Where to buy tickets

      The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in April-September 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.

      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 State opera

      While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.

      Buffets at the State Opera

      No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!

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