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Speech to the Nation

Ascanio Celestini

Why would anybody prefer screws to nails?

The New Stage

Basic information


The New Stage

Approximate running time

1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission


In Czech


June 6, 2019

Speech to the Nation is a book comprising over 40 of Celestini’s short essays, which also served as the basis of the author’s own theatre performance. The stage director Petra Tejnorová’s production of the same name will be a variation on the book’s theme.


  • 2022-2023
  • 2023-2024


Tereza Sieglová
Stage director
Petra Tejnorová
Jan Tošovský
Video - technical cooperation
Dominik ŽižkaErik Bartoš
Lighting design
Tomáš Morávek
Interactive design
Aleš Zemene


The Italian writer, dramatist, director and actor Ascanio Celestini (b. 1972) has been ranked among the followers of the trend represented by the famous versatile artist Dario Fo. A representative of narrative theatre, toying with the language, words and their meanings, his witty, provocative, often moving and stirring texts hone in on the contemporary world, its antagonisms and invisible nooks – be they social inequality, child labour, the impending environmental disaster or corruption in government. 

Official photos: Jan Hromádko

Suitable for audience from 12 years.

Photo and video gallery


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Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 March at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of August 2023.

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Buffets on the New Stage

Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.