Our first visit to National Theatre
of Prague happened when we went to see famous ballet Swan Lake.
In Finland tickets to theatre are quite expensive so it was surprising
to see the price of student tickets in here. This beautiful ballet
takes only 30 Kc, which is approximately one euro and opera will
be just a little bit more. Our places were naturally no the best
places, but in Narodni Divadlo it didn’t matter.
Little bit about Theatre. Building locates on the east bank of
Vltava. You can recognize it easily because of big profile and
beautiful roof with stars. In the nigh time building has been
lightened very well. Narodni Divadlo has an interesting history.
At the end of the 19th century people raised money at Prague for
building a theatre. Just before opening ceremonies the whole building
burned. After two years they build it again for this form what
it is today.
The entrance of theatre is at Narodni Street. Behind heavy door
curtains you will find a festive entrance hall, where doormen
dressed for cloaks check tickets. We had to climb a lot of stairs
to reach the Second gallery, where our
The theatre is just incredible for those who haven’t ever
been before such kind of places. Auditorium is very steep and
shared with balconies where every row is half meter higher than
previous. My seat was in very last row, but still the view was
good enough. From the level of chandeliers you have an excellent
place to observe to whole hall. Seats and walls are covered by
red plush and there are a lot of decorations made by gilded materials.
Local painters have made roof frescoes and beautiful red curtain
that is decorated with gold.
The Ballet was wonderful. The Famous Dance of Little Swans and
the whole third act with amazing dances were most memorable parts
of ballet. The story of the Swan Lake is quite sad, but the show