When I was in Prague in the spring of 2011 the theaters were prominently displaying this poster urging people to "dress appropriately for the theatre".
I thought this was a funny poster because the young man seems to be wearing his confirmation suit that is a size too big for him, whereas the young lady is proudly wearing a funky retro dress that she seems to have found in a second hand shop.
Later I was told that these are the latest fashions from one of the expensive up-market clothing shops on the Paris Street (Pařížská) in the center of Prague. (Perhaps somebody from Prague can tell me if this is true?)
In any case, I can't recall seeing anybody dressed like this at either of the opera performances I attended in Prague. Most people were neatly but casually dressed -- neither excessively formal nor blatantly sloppy. And they were certainly not all wearing the latest fashions from Paris Street.
The moral of this for tourists is that you can still go to the opera even if you don't have any fancy clothes with you. You don't have to dress up like a penguin to go to the opera, not even in Prague.
Star Wars was playing in the big-screen movie theaters in Prague in the summer of 1991. Just think how much Western culture they had to catch up on! I'm sure that the Czech people also appreciated the whole Rebel Alliance Beats Big Bad Empire storyline. Since I don't speak a lick of Czech, the only thing different I remember was Luke was translated to "Luko".
I noticed this a lot along the streets, people crouching down with their faces covered by hoods begging for money then next minute they are gone. Apparently they do not show their face so that people can give annonomously.
I am not a fan of people begging so I passed by.
A very interesting art form! Rather psychedelic, somewhat magic, often dazzling. Some of the effects will amaze you.
One production is based on Gulliver's Travels-- see the interesting video clips at the link below. You can also visit:
The czech people really enjoy their opera and theatre shows - there are many across Prague. Especially popular for people of all ages are the marionette operatic puppet shows and the Black Lantern visual display shows.
The National Marionette Theatre entrance was another that made me look! A couple of wooden Marionettes were above the door. There were plenty of boards advertising the Operas including Orpheus, Don Giovanni and Don Quixote and a gentleman trying to grab your attention to buy some tickets. I would have liked to seen a show that is described as "funny & amusing," didn't have the time though!
This is one of many that are located around Prague old town.
12 Karlova street, Prague 1
I was impressive by a lot of people that in every corner of the city sell tickets for music spectacles. Lot of old buildings and churchs are the set for classical music and opera and the prize is quite low.
Magic Lantern: The Theatre is located in a modern building adjacent to the National Theatre. It hosts multimedia performances which combine dramatic lighting effects, cinema, moveable screens and live actors to create an extraordinary show. Mime and gesture are the language in these shows so don’t worry about knowing the Czech language. I found the picture on the Internet. When I visited the Laterna Magica in 1975 the building looked less modern.
Address: Praha 1, Narodni tr. 4; Opening hrs: Mon - Sat 10.00 - 20.00
Hello! Prague is famous not only for its (for sure overwhelming) architecture and history, but also for various cultural events. There are many theatres, some of them more suitable for no-Czech speaker, some less. One of those where your language disadvantage won't be an obstacle to a great cultural experience, is Black Light Theatre Image. If you have never visited a theatre working on the black Theatre principles, it might be a good idea to visit the theatre when they play The Best of Image. A cross-section of actual work, special program that have been succesful on stages all around Europe, will definitely be the best entrance to the world of black theatre. For reservations and contacts see Image pages
Black Light Theatre-- several theatres feature this interesting performance art, where black light creates very dramatic images.
Paøížská 4, 110 00 Prague 1