A story of a hero who was to be forgotten.
The New StageApproximate running time
1 hour 40 minutes, no intermissionLanguage
October 25, 2018
A historical episode in 1918 served as the subject for a play that a decade later became a hit at the National Theatre. The tale of the Czechoslovak Legionnaires in Russia was again adapted for the stage in 1938. How would the true story of Colonel Josef Jiří Švec, adapted by the playwright Rudolf Medek, face up to the other ‘fateful eight’ years in Czechoslovak history?
The current rendition of the heroic Legionnaire play draws upon multimedia and documentary theatre and brings home the fate of the protagonist and the play itself alike. In its time, the play gave rise to fierce dispute and political struggle in its own right.
The audience will thus be reminded not only the history of the Legions, who significantly impacted the foundation of Czechoslovakia, but also be presented with the possible other scenarios of historical development. The recollection will be celebratory, cautionary and ironic…
Official photos: Petr Neubert
WARNING: We use pyrotechnic effects and tobacco products during the performance.
Photo and video gallery
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 August at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of January 2023.
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.
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Buffets on the New Stage
Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.