The theatres of Brno have quite a rich past with some famous moments. Current productions cover a wide range of genres, with something for almost everybody.
In Brno, the second half of the 20th century was marked by the development of a number of alternative theatres. HaDivadlo and Divadlo Husa na provázku (the Goose on a String Theatre) were a credit to Brno at home and abroad. After Gustáv Husák came to power in 1969, the latter theatre had to remove the word ‘husa’ (goose) from its name, when during a single night all the theatre’s posters were altered to read ‘Husák na provázku’ (Husák on a String). These two theatres, together with Divadlo U stolu (the At the Table Theatre), are now covered by Centrum experimentálního divadla (the Centre for Experimental Theatre).
Another major institution is Národní divadlo Brno (the National Theatre Brno) with opera, ballet, and dramatic ensembles. Janáčkovo divadlo (the Janáček Theatre) is home to the opera and ballet ensembles, but it is currently undergoing massive renovations. The dramatic ensemble performs in Mahenovo divadlo (the Mahen Theatre) and Reduta.
In addition to several independent theatres, theatre enthusiasts may also attend performances by students of Janáčkova akademie múzických umění (the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts) or even try some of the theatres putting on performances mainly for children.
Městské divadlo Brno (the Brno City Theatre) and Divadlo Bolka Polívky (the Bolek Polívka Theatre) are also worth visiting.
Parts of tour
Janáček Theatre (Janáčkovo divadlo) – National Theatre Brno
The Janáček Theatre focuses primarily on opera and ballet
Mahen Theatre (Mahenovo divadlo) – National Theatre Brno
The dramatic ensemble of National Theatre Brno returns
Reduta – National Theatre Brno
The oldest theatre in Central Europe, with a progressive spirit
Brno City Theatre (Městské divadlo Brno)
This dual-stage repertory theatre hosts musicals and dramas
Goose on a String Theatre (Divadlo Husa na provázku)
A prominent Czech alternative stage for unusual productions
Experimental stage located in an intimate basement area
Bolek Polívka Theatre (Divadlo Bolka Polívky)
Guest ensembles play a predominant role in the programme
At the Table Theatre (Divadlo U stolu)
The Centre for Experimental Theatre’s most intimate project
Marta Drama Studio (Divadelní studio Marta)
A place to see future film and theatre stars get their start
Orlí Street Theatre (Divadlo na Orlí)
Music and drama lab of the Janáček Academy in Brno
Polárka Theatre (Divadlo Polárka)
A distinctive theatre with productions not only for children
Radost Theatre (Divadlo Radost)
The oldest children’s theatre in Brno, active since 1947
One of the most distinctive independent troupes in Brno
Feste Theatre (Divadlo Feste)
The theatre addresses pressing contemporary issues
Paradox Drama Studio (Divadelní studio Paradox)
An intimate stage for a young generation of artists
Druhý Pád Theatre (Divadlo Druhý pád)
Theatre performances are held in a music theatre basement
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