A Streetcar Named Desire

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The introduction of this title is an extremely important achievement in dramaturgy, as it is the very first time that the name of John Neumeier appears in the repertoire of the Czech National Ballet, which thus ranks among the world's major ensembles. The production will not only satisfy the audience's expectations and calls for dramatic work, but it will also offer a challenge for the soloists to deeply and tentatively develop their acting abilities. A native of Milwaukee, John Neumeier is a world-renowned American choreographer and the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, which he has been leading since 1973. Neumeier has created over 160 ballet works and collaborated with most of the major dance scenes around the world. He is best known as an excellent narrator.

 

A Streetcar Named Desire is a profound psychological story set in the South of the United States that follows the lives of Stella, her husband Stanley and her sister Blanche. This play has become one of the classics of American drama. John Neumeier was inspired by the story and created the ballet, which was first performed in 1983.



The Czech National Ballet production, performed at the Estates Theatre, confirms that the company has continued to pursue its intention to stage significant narrative ballets inspired by significant literary works. In recent years, its repertoire has been extended to include the choreographies Kafka: The Trial and Leonce & Lena. 

 

WARNING: Violence is featured in the performance and gunshots will be heard during the performance.

Program and cast

Blanche DuBois: Evgeniya Victory Gonzalez

Stanley Kowalski, Stella´s husband: Giovanni Rotolo

Stella, Blanche´s sister: Alexandra Pera

Harold Mitchell (Mitch): Adam Zvonař

Allan Gray, Blanche´s husband: Erivan Garioli

Allan´s friend:  Danilo Lo Monaco

A Soldier: Mathias Deneux

Kiefaber: Francesco Scarpato

Shaw: Jonáš Dolník

 

Creative team

Choreography, stage direction, sets, costumes and lighting design - John Neumeier

Music - Sergei ProkofievAlfred Schnittke

 

Approximate running time: 1 hour 55 minutes, 1 intermission (25 minutes)

Estates Theatre

The Estates Theatre today

 

The Estates Theatre is one of the most beautiful historical theatre buildings in Europe. It has been part of the National Theatre since 1920. The Opera, Drama and Ballet ensembles give repertory performances at the Estates Theatre.

 

History

 

The Estates Theatre is one of the most beautiful historic theatre buildings in Europe. Its construction was initiated by the enlightened aristocrat František Antonín Count Nostitz Rieneck, led by the desire to aggrandise his native city as well as the souls of its inhabitants. The construction lasted less than two years and the Theatre was opened in 1783. This project, extremely important for the Prague of the time, was in keeping with the zeitgeist of the late 18th century, a time when national theatres were being built at European courts, royal seats and cultural centres in the spirit of the Enlightenment idea that a generally accessible theatre is a moral institution demonstrating the cultural level of the nation.

The first, sporadic Czech-language performances took place in 1785. From 1812 onwards there were regular Sunday and holiday matinees. At that time, these performances became to a certain degree a political matter too. Thus arising in the difficult years following the failed revolution in 1848 was the idea of a Czech National Theatre.

 

 

By car to the National Theatre car park

To the centre (OldTown), approach on Masarykovo nábřeží (Masaryk embankment) in the direction from the Dancing House, at the crossroads in front of the National Theatre turn right to Divadelní street and then right again to Ostrovní street to the National Theatre car park. Parking costs 50 CZK/h. 

From there, walk to the Estates Theatre along Národní street, then 28. října street, turn left on to Na Můstku street and right to Rytířská street. 

 

Other nearby secure car parks:

Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.

Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

 

By tram

By daytime trams Nos. 6, 9, 18 and 22 or night trams Nos. 53, 57, 58 and 59 to the stop “Národní třída”, then by foot along Národní street, then 28. října street, turn left to Na Můstku street and right to Rytířská street.

By daytime trams Nos. 5, 8, 14 and 26 or night trams Nos. 51, 54 and 56 to the stop “Náměstí Republiky”, then on foot around the Municipal House to the Powder Gate, on Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

By daytime trams Nos. 3, 9, 14, 24 or night trams Nos. 52, 54, 55, 56 and 58 to the stop “Jindřišská”, then on foot along Nekázanka / Panská streets, turn left to Na Příkopě street and then right to Havířská street (from Na Příkopě street you can also walk through the Myslbek arcade).

 

By metro

To the station “Můstek”, lines A and B (green and yellow), then on foot through Na Můstku street and right to Rytířská street.

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