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Vassa Zheleznova

Maxim Gorky

“What with your power? There's no one left to boss around.”

The Estates Theatre
Suitable for graduation

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    May 2024

    Monday 27. 5.

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    Wednesday 29. 5.

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    Basic information


    The Estates Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours, no intermission


    In Czech


    October 27, 2021

    The story of a woman who takes control over her family and ultimately leads her relatives to ruin most recently appeared on a Czech stage three decades ago.


    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025


    Edited using a translation by Alena Machoninová
    Marta LjubkováJan Frič
    Stage director
    Jan Frič
    Marta Ljubková
    Marek Cpin
    Light design
    Přemysl Janda


    Vassa Zheleznova is a businesswoman.
    Vassa Zheleznova is a mother.
    Vassa Zheleznova’s husband is dying.
    Vassa Zheleznova’s children are no good.
    Luckily, her oldest daughter returns from abroad and perhaps could set things right.
    Is there any FUTURE for Vassa Zheleznova? 

    Is there any future for us? How should it look like? “Life is more than just work” says the current generation (as well as one of the characters in the play); “but what is life, then?” asks Vassa. And we pose the same question.

    Gorky’s characters have been expecting a turn of events – they’ve sensed it but couldn’t name it or foresee the consequences. Our current situation is quite similar, we know something is happening – something must happen! – but we don’t know what and how.

    It might seem depressive, but it’s actually rather comic. Or horror. This situation certainly allows us to play with the genre, laugh at ourselves, and then wait all together for the future to come – it is nigh, but we have no idea what it’ll bring about.

    Official photos: Patrik Borecký

    WARNING: We use fire gun during the performance.
    Suitable for audience from 14 years.

    The production has become the Production of the Year 2021 at the Theatre Critics Awards, based on the annual poll announced by the magazine Svět a divadlo.

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    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 February-June 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 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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