Lunch at Wittgenstein (Ritter Dene Voss)

What cannot be spoken of, can only be shown - thus might we paraphrase the proposition by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein that inspired Thomas Bernhard, one of Austria’s most significant authors, to write his play Ritter, Dene, Voss, adapted here as Lunch at Wittgenstein.

Three siblings epitomise the essence of the entire world, bringing to light their small, private hells, past injustices and the shadows of dead ancestors. This compelling psychological drama for three superb actors who have often been overlooked by Czech theatres provides a great opportunity to win over the National Theatre’s audiences to contemporary international art.

About the company

The National Theatre’s Drama Ensemble is the largest company of its kind in the Czech Republic. In our programming, we strive to include works of the classical and contemporary Czech and international repertoires, as well as original projects and Czech premieres. Our productions are visually compelling and exquisitely staged. We produce eight new productions a year, while also pursuing a host of accompanying activities, including educational programmes and the international festival Prague Crossroads.


Theatre / company

Drama Ensemble of the National Theatre / Činohra Národního divadla Praha

Czech title

Oběd u Wittgensteina


Thomas Bernhard


Daniela Špinar


Matěj Kroupa, Jan Hrovatitsch


Marta Ljubková

Stage design

Lucia Škandíková, video: Josef Lepša

Costume design

Linda Boráros

Lighting design

Karel Šimek

Length of the performance

110 minutes

Stage area


Number of travelling persons



Czech , Subtitles available




Daniela Pařízková