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Many theatres in Prague have started to stage a number of English-language productions - especially in the summer months. Even if the play is not performed in English, many theatre venues have installed simultaneous translation facilities.

Prague's first permanent theatre was built in 1738, but the city's theatrical tradition dates from the Baroque and Renaissance periods.

Some of the most popular theatre entertainment in Prague is Black Theatre (where black-clad actors move objects against a dark stage without being seen - a stunning visual spectacle), pantomime and mime. None of three requires any understanding of Czech and all are strongly represented.

THE NATIONAL THEATRE
THE NATIONAL THEATREThe National Theatre is a neo-renaissance building constructed between 1868-81. Much of the interior was renovated in 1883 though, following a major fire. The National Theatre is one of the most important Czech cultural institutions, with a rich artistic tradition.
www.narodni-divadlo.czemail
THE PRAGUE STATE OPERA
THE PRAGUE STATE OPERAThe Prague State Opera is located just a few minutes walk from the top of Wenceslas Square. This stunning building hosts a varied repertoire of opera and ballet from Verdi, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and other famous composers.
www.opera.czemail
THE ESTATES THEATRE
THE ESTATES THEATREThe Estates Theatre is one of the finest examples of Neo-Classical elegance in Prague. It is a mecca for Mozart fans. On 29 October 1787, Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni had its debut here with Mozart at the piano conducting the orchestra.
www.narodni-divadlo.czemail
LATERNA MAGIKA
LATERNA MAGIKAMultimedia performances - music, dance, film. Thanks to its undisputed art quality, unusual procedures and non-existent language barrier, it has been popular in particular among foreign visitors of Prague for many years.
www.laterna.czemail
THE IMAGE THEATRE
THE IMAGE THEATREThe Black light theatre is a world of illusory creations and hidden secrets, the story told through a magical mixture of mime, modern dance, ballet, animated film, actors and/or puppets.
www.imagetheatre.czemail
THE BLACK LIGHT THEATRE PRAGUE
THE BLACK LIGHT THEATRE PRAGUEFrantisek Kratochvilís Black Theatre is unique and is protected by a worldwide patent. In contrast to other Black Theatres, it uses line drawings as a form of mass media.
www.blacktheatreprague.czemail
THE NATIONAL MARIONETTE THEATRE
THE NATIONAL MARIONETTE THEATREMarionette (Puppet) shows for children and adults have a long tradition in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic. Many of the master puppeteers' creations are real gems of artistry and craftsmanship.
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