The Bacchae

The young god Dionysus arrives in Thebes to initiate the city’s inhabitants into his cult. His passionate female followers, the Bacchae, revel in a strange ritual, indulging in orgies and falling into a state akin to madness. Their behaviour infuriates King Pentheus of Thebes, who confronts the stranger. Unfortunately, he has no inkling who his rival is, ignoring those around him who advise him to show humility. The arrival of a new god may not necessarily spell salvation, but it does signal the accession of a new order. Who’s right? Pentheus, who refuses to understand the impending change and strives to keep a firm grasp on the world, or Dionysus, the rabble rouser? Perhaps equilibrium can never hold sway without chaos.

Audience: adult, children 13+

About the company

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


Theatre / company

National Theatre Prague / Činohra Národního divadla

Czech title





Jan Frič


Jakub Kudláč


Nina Jacques

Stage design

Dragan Stojčevski

Costume design

Marek Cpin

Lighting design

Přemysl Janda, Jiří Podubský

Sound design

Pavel Hořák

Length of the performance

97 minutes

Stage area


Number of travelling persons



Czech , Subtitles available


Adult , Children


Klára Golay