The Bartered Bride

Bedřich Smetana
The National Theatre
For the whole family
Czech Classic

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    September 2020

    Saturday 12. 9.


    Basic information


    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    3 hours, 2 intermission 20 minutes


    In Czech, Czech, English subtitles


    September 25, 2008

    Evergreen of Czech theatre and music

    Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, the founding work of modern Czech opera, soon exceeded the domestic framework and became a permanent part of the world’s operatic repertoire.


    Musical preparation
    Ondrej Lenárd
    Stage director
    Magdalena Švecová
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Ondřej Hučín


    The National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
    Continuo Theatre members under the leading of the Artistic Director Pavel Štoura
    Dancers and members of the Kühn's Childrens Choir www.kuhnata.cz

    The 20th National Theatre production of the evergreen of Czech theatre and music is, for the first time in our history, directed by a woman. Magdalena Švecová has chosen neither the path of provocative or scandalous interpretation, nor that of conventional imitation of obsolete models.

    The Bartered Bride’s grotesque yet highly moving story is grasped with tenderness, intelligent wit and hyperbole, as well as an understanding for the long-gone order (disorder) of human lives in the Czech village. The production’s forcibility is enhanced by Zuzana Přidalová’s costumes, inspired by plant and animal motifs, and Ladislava Košíková’s stylish choreography charged with energy and replete with naturalness. 

    Photo: Hana Smejkalová

    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.

    Parking at the National Theater

    While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
    Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
    Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

    From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.


    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 National Theater

    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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