The New Stage of the Prague National Theater
After the end of the Second World War Europe went through a long process of restoration of damaged sites. Often theaters were one of the first buildings that European governments tried to restore and modernize. Even though Prague’s city center wasn’t badly damaged, the Czechoslovak government started thinking about modernization of the Prague National Theater. Things really started moving and shaking (literally,) when nearby buildings were being demolished (in the 1950s). The city council was to run several contests to find the best architect – between 1958-59, and in 1962 and 1964. The winner of the latter two contests was Bohuslav Fuchs. Though he was to start the construction in the 1970s, he was to die in 1973 . The plans finally saw approval in 1976. And the construction of the new stage of the National Theater, was to begin according to the original plans.
As a matter of fact the construction of the Prague National Theater in 1980s saw the plans change at the request of stage designer Josef Svoboda. He was creating the New Stage to be a multi functional space, which could be of use to his Laterna Magika. This was a theater performance combining classic theater with modern technology.
The biggest problem during construction was that the building was looking onto noisy Národní street. A final solution was by surrounding the building with glass tiles. As a matter of fact there are 4306 of them. And each one weighs around 40 kilos.
The New Stage of the Prague National Theater opened in 1983. During that year it was to deal with still more obstacles, especially with the interior and backstage. More or less everything was good to go by 1984. Today the building works as an artistic space open to all. Consequently it’s the home of the Czech National Theater for modern style performances.
Prague National Theater info:
Address: Národní 4, Prague 1
Official website: HERE