- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Spejbla and Hurvínka Theatre will introduce hurdle for Bedřich Smetana in the new season
The Spejbla a Hurvínka Theatre (S + H) will offer a co-production project with The National Theatre’s Janáček Opera In Brno entitled Hurvínek sells the bride in the new season. The show bringing Bedřich Smetana’s production to children will premiere on November 24 at The Reduta Theatre in Brno, with the Prague premiere taking place on March 16 next year at the S + H Theatre. In November, the theater will present a new performance of The Hurdle Sea of Dreaming, intended for children between one and three years old. The final title of the 2023/2024 season will be a production in spring, which is being produced in the workshop of Laterna magika’s artistic director Radim Vizváry. The journalists were informed by the director of the S + H Theatre, Denise Kirschner.
In the staging of The Hurdle, the bride is sold, according to the creators, the audience will have the opportunity to meet the classical opera The Sold Bride in an entertaining form with the characters from the opera, which will be presented by the soloists of Janáček’s opera Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Pavla Vykopalová, Jan Šťáva and others. “Because comic opera should be entertaining, the members of Janáček’s opera have invited the best possible guides among them. In a new family performance, the sold brides and operas will introduce the famous puppet characters Spejbl, Hurdle with Mánička and Zherek the dog,” said The Theatre’s director S + H Kirschner.
The author of the project is Patricia Partick, ondrej Olos and Hana Mikolášková will take charge of the music. “In a funny way, we will dedicate the smallest to the work of Bedřich Smetana, namely The Sold Bride,” said The Janáček Opera’s artistic director Jiří Heřman.
After the success of the show Žeryčku, HOP!, author and director Janka Ryšánek Schmiedtová will present the novelty of The Hurdle Sea of Dreaming in the “Babies” Theatre. The last title of the 2023/2024 season will be Radim Vizváry’s nameless game in the spring. “We are preparing a family production for audiences from the age of four, in which Hurvínek will seek a way to his inner voice,” said David Janošek, artistic director of the S + H Theatre.
The press conference also included the baptism of a reissue of the 1978 vinyl album Hurvínka Scarecrow. Actress Veronika Arichteva, actress Jitka Asterová and many others became godparents of the newly released carrier. The recording of Hurvínk’s ghost brings Spejble and Hurvínka to medieval Prague, performed by the magician Rye. On the road they meet a headless knight, devil, waterboy and other ghosts, most of them voiced by Francis Filipovský.
The Spejbla a Hurvínka Theatre was founded in 1930. Before that, the author of the first puppets, Josef Skupa, was active only in the amateur scene. Over time, the theatre expanded to include three other characters, Mánička, Granny and Zherek the dog, and they were replaced by several voices and authors. During its existence, spejbla and Hurvínka characters have featured in 34 countries. One of the theatre’s awards includes the Thalia award for lifetime mastery in puppet theatre.