The last third of the 19th century was defined by the general fondness of Variety Shows as one of the most sought-after sophisticated forms of entertainment.
What did it look like, what did was performed on stage, and how did Variety Shows entertainment actually differ from Circus as both included performing acrobats, comedians and tamed animals?
The Theatre Department of the National Museum has prepared an exhibition that does not only encompass the Karlín Théâtre Variété, the Praga Variety Show, the Rozmarýn Variety Show Theatre in Brno and the Orfeum in Karlovy Vary, but also touring Variety Show companies and so called ‘Estrada Shows’. The exhibition will feature prominent personalities who have entered the history of Variety Shows within the borders of the present Czech Republic: acrobats, magicians, as well as strippers.
Visitors will have a unique opportunity to step directly into a Variety Show production – to sit down by tables and look at the scene filled with acrobat's or magician's props and costumes, or to indulge in the Variety Show disciplines dictionary. The story of Czechoslovak Variety Shows is told by posters, photographs, documents, videos. Visitors can also look forward to discovering the office of Oldřich Nový, one of the top stars of Czech pre-World War II. entertainment industry – the National Museum is very proud to announce that both Nový's authentic desk and a chair are newly in its collections.
You can buy your ticket here (on-line is available full price and family ticket only).
Groups: 10% discount from the standard admission fee – for an organised group of 30 or more people with collective paymen (except for school groups).
Free admission: Children up to 6 years; children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of physical disability cards (ZTP, ZTP/P and people accompanying them); ICOM, the National Museum Society; holders of the Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card.
Filming, taking photos (no flash) for noncommercial use – free with valid ticket.
The ticket must be kept for the duration of the visit.