The Chap-Book - concert
The National TheatreApproximate running time
1 hour 45 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutesLanguage
In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English
A concert performance of Bohuslav Martinů’s choral ballet, which is made up of a loose sequence of fairy tales, folk games and nursery rhymes, inspired by collections of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová, popular folk poetry and tales, and medieval street theatre.
National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir
Špalíček (The Chap-Book) is framed by a cycle of children’s games and scenes from rural life (The Water Sprite Game, The Cockerel and Hen Game, The Golden Gate Game, and others), interspersed with The Fairy Tale of the Cobbler and Death, The Legend of Saint Dorothy and The Fairy Tale of Cinderella.
Martinů’s ballet The Chap-Book received its world premiere in 1933 at the National Theatre in Prague, with a production choreographed by Joe Jenčík, one of the most distinguished avant-garde dance figures of the first Czechoslovak Republic.
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 2 January at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of June 2023.
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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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