Theatrical entertainment is a popular pastime in Eastern Europe. Many locals and tourists flock to see shows of both newly created innovations and classics which stand the test of time. The National Theater rotates between musical, choreographed dance and dramatic performance while Theater Blanik shows newer and more experimental types of artistic expression.
A popular style of performance in Prague is done in the dark, also known as a Black Light Theater. This pitch black arena includes costumes and props illuminated by subtle ultraviolet black lights that make particular colors and materials glow. Typically, performances do not include speaking; rather they are dances to different genres music. Performances are appropriate for people of all ages and will visually captivate all who attend. There are currently nine active Black Light Theaters in Prague, though Theater Blanik currently hosts the most popular show entitled simply, “WOW.”
It is hard to miss the palatial National Theater. Home to dramatic performances, opera, and worldly ballets, this theater was first opened in 1881 and is sometimes referred to as the jewel of Prague. Hear classic music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, plays by William Shakespeare and ballets such as “Swan Lake.” Each piece is performed on a beautiful stage with breathtakingly high vaulted ceilings adorned with chandeliers and hand painted mosaics. At night the National Theater is fully illuminated to display the intricate architecture that is reflected by the nearby Vltava River. Be sure to check the changing schedule, as every other day it switches from opera to ballet to concerts.
Whether you enter the Prague theater scene for pirouettes or playwrights, ballads or black lights, the performers at Theater Blanik and the majestic National Theater will provide hours of talented entertainment that will hopefully encourage you to ask for an encore.