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The Father Watches Over the Daughter

Ondřej Novotný

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The New Stage

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  • January 2023
  • April 2023
    January 2023

    Thursday 26. 1.

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    Friday 27. 1.

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    Saturday 28. 1.

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    April 2023

    Wednesday 5. 4.

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    Tuesday 25. 4.

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    Basic information


    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission


    In Czech


    February 17, 2022

    A seemingly banal situation in the life of a father in the 21st century – taking his daughter to a playground – served for the dramatist Ondřej Novotný as a springboard for his humorous, ironic, yet also serious, essay on the theme of fatherhood and manhood in today’s turbulent times.


    • 2022-2023


    Ondřej Novotný
    Jan Tošovský
    Stage director
    Jan Frič
    Art Education
    Marek Brožek
    Music and Sound Design
    Michal Kindernay
    Lighting design
    Martin Špetlík
    Sets and costumes
    Jana Hauskrechtová


    By means of depicting his encounters with his wife, father, friends and passers-by, the author paints a plastic picture of the mental landscape of a man who bears a host of autobiographical traits, yet may be identified with by everyone who is or plans to be a father.

    Besides trivial, often comical parenting situations and conflicts at the children’s playground, the play deals with weighty topics with a social overreach, such as fear of the future, the contradiction between freedom and safety, as well as the issue of elderly people’s loneliness.

    Novotný created his play within the New Drama Studio, which the National Theatre Drama company has run since the beginning of 2019.

    Official photos: Patrik Borecký

    WARNING: The performance involves the use of beer, smoke, vulgarisms, and light and fire effects. Please feel free to leave if you are uncomfortable. The staff will help you to find the way out or back.
    Suitable for audience from 12 years.

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

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

    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 National Theater

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    Buffets on the New Stage

    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.