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The Cremator

Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo), Železná, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00

  • drama

When?

  • Sun 9. 9. 2018 19.00
  • Wed 26. 9. 2018 19.00 — WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
  • Mon 1. 10. 2018 19.00
  • Fri 19. 10. 2018 19.00
  • Sun 4. 11. 2018 14.00
  • Mon 12. 11. 2018 19.00 — WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
  • Fri 14. 12. 2018 19.00
  • Mon 7. 1. 2019 19.00
  • Fri 18. 1. 2019 19.00
  • Mon 11. 2. 2019 19.00
  • Sat 27. 4. 2019 14.00

A horror story from a crematorium and beyond…

The acclaimed film adaptation by Juraj Herz of the novel by Ladislav Fuks (1923–1994) only treats part of the literary work. The story of Karel Kopfrkingl, a former soldier who had served in World War I, now a crematorium employee, an exemplary husband and father, is not just a horror comedy and drama that gives a burlesque account of a personality breakdown. The set of figures, seen by the author as a freak-show, keeps returning in various situations, so as to cast doubt on our conventional view of the world. It is ridiculous indeed — and tragic as well — to watch how the yearning for personal comfort and security can turn a man without opinion and spine into an active tool of destruction. Fuchs may have warned against World War II, while today his message can be interpreted in far more general terms.

English subtitles

author: Ladislav Fuks

dramatization: Jan Mikulášek, Marta Ljubková
stage director: Jan Mikulášek
dramaturgy: Marta Ljubková
sets and costumes: Marek Cpin
lighting design: Pavla Beranová

cast: Martin Pechlát, Pavla Beretová/Tereza Vilišová, Lucie Polišenská, Radúz Mácha, Vladimír Javorský ...

running time: 1 h 50 min (no intermission)

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