This weekend in Prague: Czech drama goes English-friendly for one night only

Plus: Naplávka farmers market reopens, K-pop band BTS comes to cinemas, a wedding market is unveiled, and more. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 02.02.2023 15:04:00 (updated on 27.09.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Hear music from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit in concert at Obecní dům on Feb. 3. Almost 100 performers including a choir will bring the award-winning music to life.

Prague-based Free Balkan Quintet mixes jazz with Eastern European sounds. They have a late show at Jazz Dock on Feb. 4 at 10 p.m.

Boston heavy metal band Ice Nine Kills comes to Roxy on Feb. 4. Their name comes from a Kurt Vonnegut novel. The band's last two albums were inspired by horror films.

Ukrainian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk plays at Palác Akropolis on Feb. 5. He is known as the fastest pianist in the world, but also plays with a deal of complexity.


Arthur Schnitzler's drama La Ronde has English and French surtitles on Feb. 3 at the Estates Theatre. The play about the interlocking private lives of 10 people has been controversial since its premiere a century ago for its provocative sexual themes.

The classic Czech drama Marysha (Maryša) will be performed with English surtitles on Feb. 5 at the National Theatre. The play about a woman forced to marry against her will has become a central feature in Czech culture. (Note that only select performances of this play have surtitles.)

'Maryša' Photo: Martin Špelda, ND
Taťjana Medvecká in 'Maryša' Photo: Martin Špelda, ND


The low-budget 1978 American drama Killer of Sheep was seldom seen until it was restored in 2007 and is now ranked by the National Society of Film Critics as one of its 100 Essential Films. You can see the hidden gem at Ponrepo on Feb. 3 at 8:30 p.m.

K-pop fans can see BTS: Yet to Come in Cinemas at Kino Lucerna on Feb 4 and at select multiplexes on Feb. 3 and 4. The concert film is in the original version with Czech subtitles. People are invited to bring light sticks for the Feb. 4 shows.

The documentary Good Old Czechs, about Czechoslovak pilots in World War II, is at Kino Pilotů on Feb. 5 with English subtitles. The tickets are at a discount price of CZK 100 but space is limited, so buy in advance.

See the recorded dance performance The Royal Ballet: Like Water for Chocolate at Kino Lucerna on Feb. 5. The ballet is based on Laura Esquivel's magical realist novel.


Two popular farmers markets restart for the season on Feb. 4. The one at Náplavka restarts at 8 a.m. The one at Kubánské náměstí starts at 9 a.m. and will feature a celebratory sausage roast over a fire.

Try some bubbly at La Bouteille de Champagne. Fifteen makers of champagnes normally only available at exclusive culinary venues will show off their vintages at New Town Hall (Novoměstská radnice) on Feb. 4.

Pork feasts in the run-up to Masopust continue at U Jiráta on Feb. 4. Different Lokál venues will have related events until Feb. 18. Kuchyň in Hradčany will serve pork specialties from Thursdays to Sundays until Feb. 12.

Masopust parade in Kralupy, Photo: Facebook
Masopust parade in Kralupy, Photo: Facebook

Just north of Prague, the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou has an early Masopust fair at its Palackého náměstí on Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a market, parade, and of course pork. Children can make paper masks and ride on a carousel or train.


A new exhibition at the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle explores the Reborn in the Tapestry (Znovuzrození v gobelínu). The new works are made by Czech artists who have been reviving tapestry as an art form. The show runs until April 23.

Celebrate the 227th anniversary of the founding of National Gallery Prague with free entry to permanent exhibits on Feb. 4 and 5. A side program of free guided tours (in Czech) is also planned. Admission fees still apply for temporary exhibits.

The tapestry 'Naked in Thorns' by Mikuláš Medek. Photo: Prague Castle.
The tapestry 'Naked in Thorns' by Mikuláš Medek. Photo: Prague Castle.

A walking tour in English, organized by Open House Praha, shows highlights of Lower Žižkov including a somewhat hidden chapel. The walk takes place on Feb. 5 at 1:30 p.m. but people should reserve online in advance.

Whether people should feed wild birds and what to give them is currently being debated by ornithologists worldwide. The Botanical Garden answers all your questions in the exhibition How to Feed Birds?, which runs to March 26.


An untraditional fair for wedding items is at Hall 13 of Pražská tržnice on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will have refreshments plus music from Your Acoustic Wedding and a DJ set by Adam Janota.

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