Time Out says
A national treasure touting the influential status of the performing arts on Czech life and culture, located on the southern bank of the Vltava River
Constructed as part of the late-19th century national revival to reclaim the Czech identity among creeping German influence, this gold-capped building showcases opera, ballet, and drama performances at reasonable prices. The ornately carved gold and ruby interior of the theater is lined with balcony boxes that carry the air of elegance from the base of the stage to the highest rows. This stately flagship building sits beside the more avant-garde architecture and artistic content of the New Stage located opposite Vaclav Havel Square, where they share a box office. The National Theater umbrella also covers performances in the more central Estates Theater and State Opera, which also boast an aesthetic of luxurious embellishment.
Time Out tip: A trip to the theater in Prague is an excuse to dress up. Opening nights can bring out formal dresses and opera gloves, while business casual is the norm for most performances.
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