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The National Theatre
The National Theatre
The National Theatre
Národní divadlo
Location:
Národni 223/2, 112 30 Prague 1
How to get there:
Tram 6,9,18,21,22,23 stop Národní divadlo
Opening times:
Web:
http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz/Default.aspx?jz=en
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History
The National Theatre is a Czech cultural icon. It embodies the desire and determination of citizens to build a theatre for performances in their own language during the Czech Enlightenment Period. The first foundation stone was laid on the 16th of May, 1868 and its construction was solely funded by donations from the Czech people.  The Neo-Renaissance building is the child of architect Josef Zítek and was opened for the first time on the 11th of June, 1881 in honour of a visit by Crown Prince Rudolf.  There were several performances before it was closed again to complete construction. Sadly, a fire caused by workers on the 12th of August, 1881 destroyed the theatre’s copper dome, auditorium, and stage. A nationwide collection was taken again and two years later, on the 18th of November, the theatre opened with a performance of “Libuše” by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.
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The National Theatre’s repertoire includes plays, opera, and ballet. Complete information about their program is available on their website.

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