The Little Prince

Based on the famous novel, bringing new poetics to the topic.

Who has not read The Little Prince, one of the best-known stories of global modern literature? The author and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella, first published in 1943 and ranking among the 50 best-selling books in the world, is far more than just a fairy tale. Even though generally classified as literature for children, The Little Prince yields a parable that has become especially popular among adult readers. The simple tale juxtaposes the current world, which is driven by the endeavour to control nature, the dominance of technology, materialism and selfishness, with the pure view of a boy. The young hero finds sense in other things – friendship and love. He discovers them during his wanderings across seven planets, with the children’s universe clashing with that of the grown-ups.

Our production combines the multi-screen technique with live acting, dance, music, song, and film projections, bringing to bear to the full the Laterna magika principles. The poetic tale lacks nothing of that which the audience expects: the terrestrial desert and the pilot, the inhabitants of the seven planets: the King, the Vain Man, the Drunkard, the Businessman, the Lamplighter, the Geographer and the Fox, who shows the Little Prince the value of friendship. Yet it goes without saying that the original theatre production harbours numerous surprises. The stage director Vladimír Morávek invited to his team seasoned artists: the dramaturge and scriptwriter Petr Oslzlý, the composer Zbyněk Matějů, the costume designer Sylva Zimula Hanáková, the set designer Daniel Dvořák, the choreographer Libor Vaculík, the cinematographer Matěj Cibulka and the filmmaker Šimon Koudela. The production for the whole family will certainly delight all those seeking inspired poetics and food for thought in theatre.

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 15 minutes, one 20-minute intermission.
The performances are used in German and English subtitles.

The auspices of the production have been taken by the Ambassador of the French Republic to the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. Jean-Pierre Asvazadourian.


For more information please visit: www.narodni-divadlo.cz

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