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Beware of Pity

Stefan Zweig
The Estates Theatre
Famous draft
Contemporary social topic

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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  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January 2021
  • February 2021
  • March 2021
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  • June 2021
    October 2020

    Thursday 1. 10.

    Tickets available

    Sunday 11. 10.

    Tickets available

    November 2020

    Monday 9. 11.

    Tickets available

    Drama with English subtitles

    Tuesday 17. 11.

    Tickets available

    December 2020

    Wednesday 16. 12.

    Tickets available

    Drama with English subtitles

    Wednesday 30. 12.

    Tickets available

    January 2021

    Tuesday 5. 1.

    Tickets available

    Saturday 30. 1.

    Tickets available

    February 2021

    Friday 12. 2.

    Tickets available

    Tuesday 23. 2.

    Tickets available

    March 2021

    Wednesday 17. 3.

    Booking not started yet

    Friday 26. 3.

    Booking not started yet

    April 2021

    Monday 19. 4.

    Subscription sale

    June 2021

    Wednesday 9. 6.

    Subscription sale

    Basic information


    The Estates Theatre

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 50 minutes, no intermission


    In Czech


    November 8, 2018

    The masterpiece of the Austrian novelist and essayist Stefan Zweig (1881–1942), based on a piercing description of the psychology of human behaviour, was adapted for the stage by Daniel Špinar. 


    • 2020-2021


    Dramatization and stage director
    Daniel Špinar
    Jan Tošovský
    Lighting design
    Přemysl Janda
    Jan Adamus


    “Everything started with inaptness, an entirely fortuitous blunder ...” On the eve of the first world war, Anton Hofmiller, an Austro-Hungarian cavalry officer stationed in a sleepy town at the edge of the Empire, is invited to a glamorous party at the home of a rich local landowner. The exhilarated young man asks his host's lovely daughter for a dance, only to discover that sickness has left her painfully crippled. The embarrassed Hofmiller flees, yet on the very next day he attempts to remedy the dreadful faux pas. Subsequently, he becomes entangled in the trap of his own “compassionate gestures”, ultimately raising the girl’s affection. 

    Official photos: Martin Špelda

    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.

    Buffets at the Estates Theater

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


    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).

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    Beware of Pity Programme

    A booklet for the production of Beware of Pity

    80 Kč