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Laterna magika

Robot Radius

The New Stage
Premiere production
Modern adaptation
Contemporary Theatre
Current topic

The National Theatre sells tickets for full capacity of its venues, for all auditorium seats, with the exception of the first row.
According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.
Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre and at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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  • October
  • December
    October 2021

    Thursday 7. 10.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Premiere production
    Modern adaptation
    Contemporary Theatre
    December 2021

    Wednesday 1. 12.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Premiere production
    Modern adaptation
    Contemporary Theatre

    Thursday 2. 12.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Premiere production
    Modern adaptation
    Contemporary Theatre

    Basic information

    Venue

    The New Stage

    Premiere

    September 10, 2021

    Starring Radim Vizváry and Michal Pavlíček, direction Miřenka Čechová. The production Robot Radius was created in collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner General for the Participation of the Czech Republic in the Dubai EXPO. 

    It is inspired by Karel Čapek’s sci-fi drama R.U.R., premiered a century ago. The legacy of the great writer and humanist is brought to life on our stage through the prism of 21st–century artists.

    Cast

    • 2021-2022

    Creatives

    Screen play and Stage director
    Miřenka Čechová
    Visual dramaturgy
    Amador Artiga
    Costumes
    Marek Cpin
    Light design
    Karel Šimek

    About

    Life on Earth is all but extinct and the planet is now run by abiotic technologies. One last person has survived – a scientist, who is to complete transformation from physical into digital man. The doubts he harbours are perhaps the final thing that links his mind to the essence of human existence, which he voluntarily renounces. Yet it may not be the case, and the taking of the decision will be an evolutionary leap leading to the rise of new humanity.

    The production Robot Radius has accrued from a free dialogue with Karel Čapek’s drama R.U.R., which premiered a century ago. The themes the writer tackled are viewed through the prism of the 21st century, its new challenges and tendencies, such alarming phenomena as climate change, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering …

    In a creative symbiosis, the stage is entered by living artists and state-of-the-art technologies. We experiment with augmented reality, applying the motion capture technology. The movement of Radim Vizváry, performing the Robot, shows on the screen in real time by means of sensors fixed on his body. The actor is thus able to shape the picture directly. Interactive too is the live music, as played by the guitarist Michal Pavlíček, with the capture of the sound triggering or changing that which is unfurling on the screen. The result in visualisation of a human idea expressed through movement and sound.

    The project was created in collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner General for the Participation of the Czech Republic in EXPO 2020. At the end of October 2021, Robot Radius will be presented in Dubai to visitors from all over the world.

    We asked Radim Vizváry to adapt Čapek’s play R.U.R. for two reasons. The first is that  2021 marks the centenary of the drama’s premiere at the National Theatre, the second is that  mime will remove language barriers at the EXPO in Dubai, where the production will be staged in celebration of the R.U.R. anniversary,” Jiří František Potužník, Comissioner General, explained, adding: “We initiated the project back in 2019, and owing to the PPF Foundation it will employ a brand-new ‘sci-fi’ stage technology worthy of Laterna magika.

     

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre offers tickets for September –⁠ December 2021

    Tickets for December on sale from 1st September.

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

    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 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.

     

    Buffets on the New Stage

    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.