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Paul Hindemith

Premiere performances: 30 November 2023 at the Estates Theatre

The Estates Theatre
Premiere production

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    November 2023

    Thursday 30. 11.

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    Basic information


    The Estates Theatre


    In Czech, surtitles in English


    November 30, 2023

    The National Theatre Opera is extending its repertoire for children and entire families with a new production of a fairy tale that is traditional and non-traditional alike.


    • 2022-2023
    • 2023-2024


    Direction and Choreography
    Radim Vizváry
    Sets and costumes
    Eva Jiřikovská


    National Theatre Orchestra

    In 1922, the German composer Paul Hindemith wrote music for Hedwig Michel and Franzisca Becker’s Christmas play Tuttifäntchen. It tells the story of the woodcarver Tuttifant and his puppet, Tuttifäntchen, which comes to life and runs wild. Deeming it useless, the puppet steals the heart of the woodcarver’s daughter Trudel, and the two set out into the world …

    Where will they get to? Will Trudel gain back her heart? And what actually is the difference between people and puppets? And do trees have anything in common with humans? The enthralling fairy tale, abounding in wisdom, fantasy, tension, and evoking a wonderful Yuletide atmosphere, unfurls to Paul Hindemith’s lovely, melodious and airy music, inspired by nursery rhymes, Christmas carols and even dance jazz, music that is close to children’s souls.

    The story of Tuttifäntchen brings to mind the adventures of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio and, particularly, E. T. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker. The Christmas musical tale, featuring songs, dance, mime, acrobatics and, naturally, puppets, will be presented in Czech premiere, as arranged and translated by the dramaturge Ondřej Hučín, and staged by the director, mime artist and choreographer Radim Vizváry, the artistic director of Laterna magika.

    The production is part of the Musica non grata cycle.


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

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

    Unfortunately, there is no parking near The Estates Theater. You can use the guarded parking lot in the Kotva shopping center (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079 / 3a, Prague 1).

    Buffets at the Estates 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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