The National Theatre is the Czech Republic’s premiere stage. It is one of the symbols of Czech national identity and a part of the European cultural arena. It is a bearer of national cultural heritage, while simultaneously providing a stage for free artistic creativity. The theatre is a living artistic organisation that understands tradition as a task and duty to perpetually find new interpretations, and to strive for highest artistic quality.
Today’s National Theatre is comprised of four entities — opera, drama, ballet, and Magic Lantern — which perform in repertory in the historic buildings of the National Theatre, Estates Theatre, State Opera, New Stage, and the Kolowrat Theatre. The repertoire of these four ensembles is shaped by the wealth of classical titles, works of Czech authors, and a rich selection of contemporary international pieces.