Karlin Musical Theatre is the third oldest theatre in Prague. It was constructed in 1881 and in the early years it served as a circus arena, with benches, where various shows had taken place. Later on it was adapted as a place where a variety of shows were performed, like the cabaret in the 1920. Today, it has grown into a renowed amazing theatre, where a number of famous operettas and other performances take place. It is the second largest theatre in the city, after the Prague State Opera.
Throughout the history, this nouvequ baroque theatre employed some of the most distinguished Czech artists. Some of the most incredible productions has taken place in this beautiful setting, like famous productions by Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, as well as other well-known composers.
The theatre offers you some of the most incredible programmes of operas and ballet from September to June. Even though the theatre was almost destroyed by the flood that happened in Prague in 2002, today it’s renovate and it offers you 921 comfortable seats with perfect view on the stage.Situated near the Old Town Square, you can reach the Karlin Music Theatre by metro (which is only 50 m away), tram, taxi or by foot (25-30 minutes walk). This amazing theatre stages a number of great performances, such as classical musicals (My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, Zorba the Greek), ballet productions and more.
Since 2003, the new director of the theatre, Egon Kulhanek, has produced various successful Czech musicals, like Dracula, as well as other classical musicals West Side Story, the Broadway muscial Jekyll & Hyde, as well as the production of the Returen of the Vampire (Strauss), which was restaged in a Czech version. Some of the best operas that have performed in this theatre are Nabucco, Rigoletto, Aida, Rusalka, Romeo & Juliet and many more.
In 2007, the theatre received the Prize of the Mayor of Prague for its architectural design; the theatre was awarded for sensitively uniting the original and new architecture.