Prague is famous for its puppet theater and black light theater traditions
The Czech tradition of black light theater originated in the mid-20th century. Black light theater is a play of total darkness and bright light using ultraviolet lights and fluorescent costumes. A selection of lights creates the illusion of magic—for example, actors and objects floating in the air. Artists of black light theater in general and Laterna Magika in particular stage acts with dancing and pantomime alone, so viewers do not need to know a word of Czech.
Prague has a dozen of black light theaters, of which Image is the most popular with tourists. Besides, locals think of all black light theater as mostly a tourist attraction. Productions at the Image feature contemporary dance and interactive communication with the audience.
This is a black light theater that uses enormous puppets, animation, musical elements and other features. It was originally founded by immigrants from the socialist Czechoslovakia, but after the Velvet Revolution, it returned home, settling in a historic building in the city center. It is now considered one of the best black light theaters in Prague. Here visitors can see well-known works such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Don Quixote”.
This is a children’s theater where a fabulous atmosphere welcomes visitors right at the lobby and offers spectacular, colorful performances that feature clown and drama acts, as well as large dolls. The theater is popular with the locals, so it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance. Guests who do not speak Czech should inquire about whether the play of interest involves a lot of speech, although most productions at Minоr can be understood even by children who do not speak the language.
Puppets are one of the most important forms of Czech art, on par with brewing. The main plays in the repertoire of the National Marionette Theatre are “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute”.