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the Slovak National Theatre – the Ball (photo: Collavino)the Slovak National Theatre – the Ball (photo: Collavino)

The Ball (The Slovak National Theatre)

Prague Crossroads Festival

The State Opera
Prague Crossroads Festival

Basic information


The State Opera

Approximate running time

3 hours, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


In Sloveak

In Slovak without subtitles. 
A discussion with the artists will take place after the performance in the State Opera’s auditorium.

Dramatisation of prose by a brilliant observer of harsh human fate.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025



The most intelligent of women is attracted to the greatest of crooks. She knows that it is a self-consuming passion, and yet ... A happily married woman is suddenly sickened by life. She knows there is no objective reason to feel so, and yet ... Over time all wounds from a marriage entered into out of compromise have healed, and yet ... At a village feast the stories of all three “yet-s” develop in front of our eyes as dramatisation of our lives. Timrava is a phenomenon. Whereas other writers of her era failed to overcome the limitations of light-hearted feuilletons, Timrava offers an incisive view into the complex human soul. Her diverse world mixes the grotesque with the quaint; deepest despair develops against the backdrop of a peaceful idyll; beastliness suddenly takes hold of those who were most spiritual, and those most beastly are suddenly lit by a ray of humanity.

Official photos: Collavino

WARNING: We use tobacco products and vulgar language during the performance.

Photo and video gallery


    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 JuneNovember 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.

    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 State opera

    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 60 CZK/h.

    Buffets at the State Opera

    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)