- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
‘Interview with the Vampire’ shooting at Prague’s Estates Theatre this weekend
Following production at Prague’s Barrandov Studio, Interview with the Vampire has shot on location in the Czech capital at the House at the Golden Ring by Old Town Square, around the Loreta complex by Prague Castle, and in areas around Karlovo náměstí and Vyšehrad.
Last weekend, production for Interview with the Vampire returned to the area by Prague Castle around the Loreta complex and side streets by Hradčanské náměstí and Loretánské náměstí, after previously filming in the area earlier in June.
According to extras casting calls, this weekend’s shoot for Interview with the Vampire involves both an extravagant party set in 1946 as well as a complex theater scene in the year 1785. It’s safe to assume the Estates Theater will be utilized for exteriors and perhaps even interiors for the theater scene.
Prague’s Estates Theatre is one of the city’s most famous locations, and is where Mozart premiered his iconic opera Don Giovanni in 1787. The characters in Interview with the Vampire will beat Mozart to the location by two years, though Prague’s Estates Theatre is likely standing in for a Parisian counterpart.
A number of films have shot at the Estates Theatre over the years, but none more famous than Miloš Forman‘s Oscar-winning Amadeus, which was filmed 40 years ago. The Czech director returned to Prague to film Mozart’s opera at the location it was originally staged.
Because the theater (then known as the Týl Theater) didn’t have the capacity for advanced lighting equipment, Forman and cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček lit the Estates Theatre with thousands of candles for Amadeus. Firemen stood guard outside the theater in case things went wrong; hopefully, the crew of Interview with the Vampire won’t have to worry about burning the location down.
Based on the same Anne Rice novel that was adapted into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, AMC’s Interview with the Vampire stars Sam Reid as the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt and Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac. Delainey Hayles, Eric Bogosian, Assad Zaman, and Ben Daniels also feature among the main cast for the second season.
Interview with the Vampire is one of three large-scale TV series shooting in the Czech capital this summer, with production on the third season of Amazon’s The Wheel of Time and shooting for the third season of Apple TV+’s Foundation also underway.
It’s also the second big vampire production to be filmed in Prague this year, with production on Robert Eggers‘ Nosferatu, featuring Bill Skarsgård, Lily-Rose Depp, Nicolas Hoult, and Willem Dafoe wrapping in May following a three-month shoot.
Lead photo: Estates Theatre in Prague by Prague City Tourism