The Estates Theatre, Prague

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The Estates Theatre or Stavovské divadlo is a historic theatre in Prague, Czech Republic. The Estates Theatre was annexed to the National Theatre in 1948 and currently draws on three artistic ensembles, opera, ballet, and drama, which perform at the Estates Theatre, the National Theatre, and the (separate building, Kolowrat Palace).HistoryThe Estates Theatre was built during the late 18th century in response to Enlightenment thought regarding general access to the theatre, and theatres themselves demonstrating the cultural standards of a nation. The Estates Theatre was designed by Anton Haffenecker and built in a little less than two years for the aristocrat František Antonín Count Nostitz Rieneck.Prague's first standing public theatre, the Sporck Theatre, operated from 1724 to 1735. The owner of this theatre, Count Franz Anton von Sporck, permitted the free use of it to subsidize the commercial venture of the Venetian impresario Antonio Denzio. The next commercial theatre, the "Kotzentheater" or Divadlo v Kotcích, operated sporadically from 1739–1783 under a series of Italian impresarios. The final closure of the "Kotzentheater" coincided with the opening of Count Nostitz’s "Nostitzsches Nationaltheater." The theatre opened in 1783 with a performance of the tragedy Emilia Galotti by the German playwright Gotthold Lessing. The building itself was constructed in a Neoclassical style and remains one of the few European theatres to be preserved in its almost original state to the present day. Its motto, Patriae et Musis "To the Native Land and the Muses"), which is inscribed above the portal, should also be noted as reflecting the original intentions of its creator.
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  • Nou went to this theater for the performance of the opera "The marriage of Figaro" in September 2018. This place is beautiful, historic, and the show was of a high quality. Not to be missed during a visit to Prague
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  • Located within a short walk from the old town square, The Estates Theatre was holding Don Giovanni - Národní Divadlo every night in August. Without second thoughts, I bought a ticket at the ticket off...  more »
  • We went to see Fidelio. It was a wonderful theater experience. Quite an amazing theater, prices were reasonable, and fun to imagine who has sat within those walls prior to us. They have snacks, wine, ...  more »
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  • A gorgeous opera house with a storied history. It's the only theater still standing that Mozart performed in. His Don Giovanni had its premiere there. We saw the Marriage of Figaro and it was one of the best performances we've seen. The singers were fantastic, the orchestra was very good and the sets were nice. You can't help but fall in love with that theater.
  • This is such a beautiful place, so even if you don’t like opera, you should visit it to at least see the building from inside - it’s really worth it. The interior is magnificent, it’s in a very good condition and you can feel history here (the theatre is more than two hundred years old). Besides, the National Theatre performances in general are very good and more affordable by price comparing to Western Europe.
  • This historic building is very nice to look at, but it's not the greatest place you want to sit for over two hours. There is a complete lack of ventilation. The air gets very stuffy very quickly and before you know it, your brain starts to shut down from the lack of oxygen. So if you paid a good money to see a play which requires thinking, good luck.
  • We saw Viva la Mamma here and it was a spectacular show in a well organized, clean, and very regal environment with spot on lighting. I can see why Mozart was a fan of performing here - if you get a show with Subtitles don't sit too close to the orchestra because the Subtitles are on an LED screen about 40 feet above the orchestral pit.
  • Unbelievable experience. Booking though is a little awkward, as you don't know what is available when you order online. We booked months in advance and got one of the last couple of seats together. But email correspondence was helpful to get this.
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