Czech Theatre

Czech theatre is best known for such outstanding figures as playwright Václav Havel, directors Otomar Krejča and Alfréd Radok, and scenic designer Josef Svoboda. Other highlights are Czech puppet theatre, the tradition of scenography, it ranks first in technology in the field of black-light theatre, and is internationally respected thanks to its middle and young generation of artists pursuing interdisciplinary projects and experimental theatre such as brothers Petr a Matěj Forman, Viliam Dočolomanský, Jiří Adámek, duo SKUTR (Martin Kukučka & Lukáš Trpišovský), Petra Tejnorová or the versatile personality Jiří Havelka. Also the list of outstanding personalities of Czech drama theatre could be long, let's enumerate at least Miroslav Krobot, Michal Dočekal, J. A. Pitínský, Hana Burešová and Jan Mikulášek. Also director Dušan D. Pařízek and Marián Amsler living and working nowadays abroad have essentially contributed to Czech theatre culture. David Drábek, Kateřina Rudčenková, Petr Zelenka, Lenka Lagronová and Roman Sikora are the most staged contemporary Czech playwrights both on domestic stages and in theaters abroad. Czech opera, located in between the genres of theatre and music, is represented by internationally renowned composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů and renowned directors David Radok and Jiří Heřman.