Culture this week: Iconic female figures and original English comedy

Plus: Listen to Yo La Tengo or King Dude, run for charity, watch a French film, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 23.04.2023 16:05:00 (updated on 24.04.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Showing what cannot be said|Austrian author Thomas Berhnard's "Lunch at Wittgenstein" plays on April 24 and 27 at the National Theatre with English subtitles. The play, according to the Guardian, revolves around the relationship of Vienna-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein with two of his sisters, in a medley of criticism targeting "the Austrian upper middle class, hypocrisy, doctors, underpants, even the theatre itself." 

German Shakespeare|Bremer Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth is at Divadlo Na Prádle on April 27 and 28.  Performed in English, and directed by Prague Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director Guy Roberts, the modern adaption of William Shakespeare’s play uses a cinematic way of story-telling that makes it appealing to a younger, contemporary audience. 

Iconic female figures|The Losers Cirque Company premieres a new acrobatic dance performance on April 28 at the BRAVO Theater! "Žena, růže, píseň, kost" (Woman, Rose, Song, Bone) brings together the seemingly unrelated personalities of Frida Kahlo, Madonna, and the characters Grandma and Coach in a show about female patterns that aims to inspire future generations.

Original comedy|“Jack’s Cake” is at Divadlo Kolowrat on April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6, in English with Czech surtitles. An original play written by one of the cast members of the British version of “The Office,” it will run for four shows at Divadlo Kolowrat. “Jack’s Cake” tells the tale of an unhappily married man who decides to arrange an affair through a website – with comedic but disastrous results.


Dance like no one’s watching|One of the most iconic movies about following your passion, in this case for dance, Flashdance is at Kino Aero on April 24. The love story, which has Pittsburgh as its backdrop, received both Oscar and Golden Raspberries nominations and tapped into the 1980s’ fascination with music videos and legwarmers.

Love letter to Paris|Follow charming Amélie, the heroine of the movie "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain," as she makes her away through a fairytale Montmartre, helping people, spreading cheer, and eventually falling in love herself. The movie (with English and Czech subtitles) is at Kino Dlabačov on April 26. The movie caused a sensation upon its release in 2001, thanks to its innovative filmmaking, as well as its depiction of the French way of life.

The French Film festival comes to Prague (Photo from 2001's
The French Film festival comes to Prague (Photo from 2001's "Amélie")


Indie legends|After playing on some of the world’s biggest stages, Yo La Tengo will be at Meet Factory on April 24 to promote their latest album. The trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew earned their place in pop history for recording the iconic intro for The Simpsons, and starring as the Velvet Underground in the drama I Shot Andy Warhol.  

French chanson|Czech-French actress Chantal Poullain revives the atmosphere of French jazz bars with a concert drawing on the rich tradition of French songs, played both in French and in Czech, together with a jazz band led by Štěpán Markovič. The concert takes place at Divadlo Metro on April 27

Dark acoustic folk|U.S. singer-songwriter King Dude will bring his pathos to Kasarna Karlin on April 27. His raw music, which bears traces of country, blues, all things Americana, metal, and gothic, earned him comparisons to Johnny Cash. The opening act is Aran Epochal, the solo alter ego of Adam from Czech post-punk Gnu.

Soul food and music|Every Wednesday, come listen to the amazing singer Lily from Cuba, who performs classic ballads and modern hits at Soul Love. While you’re there, taste some of their delicious cocktails and champagne from the Bubble Bar, or dishes from their modern fusion restaurant.  

for a good cause

Night charity run|Take part in a night run for Světluška on April 27 at Výstaviště and help with the collection of funds for the blind and visually impaired. You can choose from the standard shorter circuit of 2.8 km or the longer circuit of 4.5 km, and, if you register in time, you will be able to choose from two types of packages — a backpack with a headlamp or a sports bag cap.

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