The National Theatre (Národní divadlo, 1868 – 1881) is an impressive neo-renaissance building, which is situated on the bank of the Vltava river, facing the panorama of the Prague Castle. It is a significant national monument and a cultural institution, which played a crucial role in preserving and developing the Czech language, music and art. The National Theatre is a symbol of national spirit and unity, it represents the will of Czech nation for the its national identity and independence. Due to the lack of money for the construction, public collections among all social classes were organised.
These facilitated the construction of the National Theatre and in 1881 the first performance took place in honour of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. In summer, 1881 a fire broke out and destroyed the building. Another public collection among Czechs resulted in the reconstruction of the theatre and its reopening in 1883. Today the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles–opera, ballet and drama. The performances take place in three historic buildings – in the National Theatre, in the Theatre of the Estates and in the Kolowrat Theatre.
|The National Theatre
Ostrovní 1, 112 30 Prague 1
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TEL.: +420 224 901 638