Marysha is one of the most famous Czech theatrical plays, a true gem of the Naturalist drama. The iconic quotes about coffee, in the play used as a means of murder, have become part of the Czech popular culture. The play, based upon a true story about a village girl married against her will, was repeatedly rejected by the dramaturgy of the National Theatre for reasons of excessive naturalism in the way the corrupt relationships among the characters and the circumstances of the murder were depicted. Its success was nevertheless immediate and it eventually found its way to audiences nationwide.

The director Jan Mikulášek is one of the most remarkable talents of his generation. His minimalistic view of this important part of Czech dramatic tradition builds upon the unique personal actorship and deep understanding of the characters by the actors.

About the company

The National Theatre Drama is the biggest company of its ilk in the Czech Republic. We strive to include in our programmes works of the classical and contemporary Czech and international repertoire as well as original projects and Czech premieres. The productions are visually compelling and exquisitely staged. Our company gives there eight first nights a year, while also pursuing a host of accompanying activities, educational programmes, and international festival Prague Crossroads.


Theatre / company

National Theatre Prague / Činohra Národního divadla Praha

Czech title



Alois Mrštík, Vilém Mrštík


Jan Mikulášek


Michal Cáb


Marta Ljubková, Jan Tošovský

Stage design

Marek Cpin

Costume design

Kateřina Štefková

Lighting design

Ondřej Kyncl

Length of the performance

105 minutes

Stage area


Number of travelling persons



Czech , Subtitles available


Adult , Children


Daniela Pařízková