Cultural activities with a capacity of up to 700 participants can now be held in the open air in the Czech Republic. The government should also decide today that beginning next Monday, the capacity of outdoor productions will be increased to 1,000 people, and indoor activities will be organized. So far, only 500 people have been able to participate. A negative test, a completed vaccine, or a covid-19 would be needed for participation in any of the above activities.
The theaters hope to be able to welcome the first audience members in the auditoriums as early as next week, but many of them will not be ready until June.
MeetFactory, for example, will take advantage of the opportunity to play outdoors during the first week of relaxation by re-presenting Dog Days in the pool underneath the Barrandov Terraces beginning on May 20. This play about climate change is directed by Natália Deáková and is based on a screenplay by Matj Samec. From May 22, the Fun Fatale festival will take place in Prague, the tenth year of the international show of contemporary circus dedicated to female artists.
The National Theater will begin performances in June, presenting world premieres, a range from its ensembles’ repertoire, and a number of exceptional concerts and guest appearances. Each of the theater buildings will have half of the auditorium capacity available, with a maximum of 500 tickets available. The audience will be split into two sectors with separate entrances at the National Theater, the State Opera, and the Estates Theater.
From June 14, the Municipal Theaters of Prague will begin performing on all three of their stages, and audiences can expect a daily program during the holidays this year. In June, the Municipal Theaters of Prague will host six live and web premieres. The Dlouhá Theater will continue its online program during May, but will not perform live until late June.
Some theaters in Prague plan to postpone their summer performances in order to avoid the theater holidays. Many of those who haven’t tried it yet want to set up summer scenes in the open air in the hopes of attracting more viewers.