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The Chap-Book - concert

Bohuslav Martinů
The National Theatre
Musica non grata
For the whole family
English surtitles
German surtitles

Basic information


The National Theatre

Approximate running time

1 hour 45 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


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.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


Chorus master
Pavel Vaněk
Chorus master of the Kühn's Children's Choir
Petr Louženský
Beno Blachut


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.


Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in May-October 2024.

When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

Parking at the National Theater

While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage you can use again the underground car park of the National Theatre. Information and a parking fee.


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!

Menu (PDF, 60 kB)