Mahenovo Theatre, Brno
In a city with more than it's fair share of fine buildings, the Mahen Theatre, to give it it's Anglicised name, does stand out. I am no expert on architecture but hopefully the photo will give you an idea.
From a bit of research, reading people who do know about such things, I can tell you the following, including an interesting little piece of history. It was built between 1881 and 1882 to the design of Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Hellner and is a mix of Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Baroque and Neo-Classic styles. I am sure you are glad I told you that. the columns are Tuscan and Corinthian and the rather fine sculpture above the door depicts Dionysus standing in a carriage drawn by lions and panthers.
I did not attend a performance here so cannot report on the interior but some images on the Internet show it to be very impressive. Should you wish to attend, the attached website has a full programme and is availlable in English.
Now for the interesting fact I promised you. The Mahen was the first theatre in Europe to be fully electrically lit with the work being personally supervised by none other than Thomas Edison. So now you know.
Mahen's theatre is one of three buildings of National theatre in Brno, about 10 min walk from the Train station. It is located in Malinovske square. It was built in 1881 by an austrian architect and the theatre was also according to city concept of Vienna built out of the city centre. Antic sculptures and motives decorate the whole building. It is the most beautiful building in Brno I think. When you enter you will be impressed by the wonderful stairs.
Performances and tickets are possible to see and buy at www.ndbrno.cz.
The Mahen theatre was built 1881-1882 and was the first theatre to get electric light.
It is really worth to have a look inside, where it looks great with precious chandeliers, sculptures and paintings already in the entrance-hall.
Leo Slesak, Clemens Kraus and Robert Stolz were famous musicians performing here at a time, when Brno / Brünn was still part of the austrian empire.
You may see the Mahen Theatre here on a map:
search for the crossing of Rooseveltova and Dvorakova
The architects of the theatre were Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer from Vienna, who are wellknown for many famous buildings along the Ringstrasse in Vienna
Located on Divadelni Street this theatre is rather pleasing to the eye, and they show operettas and classical dramas, however in Czech.