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National Marionette Theatre

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Stare Mesto (Old Town)
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Address: Zhatecka 98/1 | Stare Mesto, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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Went there to see the magic flute! The truth is that the whole play was children oriented but that is not necessarily bad! Personally I liked this alternative of the opera and it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 December 2016
Athens, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Went there to see the magic flute! The truth is that the whole play was children oriented but that is not necessarily bad! Personally I liked this alternative of the opera and it was the first time I saw marionettes play! I am glad I went and watched it, after all Czech Republic is the home lad of marionette theater

Frankfurt, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I was so disappointed with this show, not only because I had booked far in advance to see The Magic Flute, but also because I had brought 21 German students with me and I had purposefully booked to see The Magic Flute because I thought the Marionette show would be in the German language which would be easier for my... More 

3 Thank wyldlife
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I found this production to be magical and a highlight of the trip. The puppeteers give the marionettes such emotion and depth. I read the Wikipedia on the story of Din Giovanni so I could follow it. Absolute masterpiece.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Pleased we did not heed the recent ba humbug reviews. Maybe they lowered our expectations a little, but they are unfair. True, the puppets are not the fully mobile marionettes of the Sound of Music, but this is not Rogers and Hammerstein technicolour. It is Prague and the puppeteers are clearly passionate and skilled, carrying on a wonderful tradition. The... More 

1 Thank curioustraveller42
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We went to this show expecting to see beautiful, expert puppetry. Instead, the quality of the puppetry was extremely poor - instead of walking, the puppets either floated or were flung across the stage. We started to wonder if the whole things was a send-up of puppetry! There was an odd inconsistency - only one of them (Leporello) had a... More 

2 Thank MuddyYorker
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We saw the marionette version of the opera Don Giovanni, which was great fun and good for adults and children. The marionettes are large, expertly maneuvered to a soundtrack of the great Mozart Opera.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

The cost (22 US$) and overall performance left me underwhelmed. If you're expecting a marionette performance like that from the iconic Sound of Music you will be sorely disappointed. The Don Giovanni performance was mediocre and I would have preferred to spend my evening in another way. It was a very old theater with uncomfortable wooden seats. The limited seating... More 

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San Anselmo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

We highly recommend seeing Don Giovanni at the National Marionette Theater! If you're looking for a great evening out in Prague that includes humor, culture and artistic flair then this marionette show will not disappoint! The sets are creative, the marionettes are amazing and the music is Mozart! The theater is also beautiful and historic in its own right -... More 

1 Thank Annette K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

I am very interested in puppetry. My partner, not so much. However we both had an enjoyable time seeing Don Giovanni. You can purchase a program where you can read the storyline, but I enjoyed reading the Wikipedia page that outlined what happens in each scene. I only speak English but I could follow along just fine. It did help... More 

2 Thank Kristy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Don Giovanni, really interesting show. I would not say it is a 'must see' in Prague, but it is definitely a good way to spend your evening and get closer to the traditional art of the territory and the people. The ones who arrive earlier can get a better seat, so maybe you would want to check in 40 min... More 

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