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Carmen brings a magical spectacle in the Broadway style to Prague, featuring no lack of daring circus numbers. The cast of stars and beautiful music by Frank Wildhorn promise an amazing theatrical experience such as Prague has never seen before. For the first time in history, a Broadway musical celebrates its world premiere in Prague.

This new version of Carmen, created by a trio of experienced American authors, is not merely a copy of the original book or opera. It isnt a modern version, but a story inspired by the original.

Under the auspices of the mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem, for the first time, we pooled together the strong creative abilities of the managers of both Karlin Musical Theatre and Ta Fantastika in preparation for the world premiere of Carmen.

World Premiere: October 2 and 3, 2008

Praise for Carmen

The conception of director Gabriel Barre unambiguously moved towards a typical Broadway show, based on a very spectacular and elaborate choreography (Pavel Strouhal) and bombastic scenic effects...

...the performance of controversial actor Václav Noid Bárta was a great surprise, thus sharply ending behind-the-scenes rumours of nepotism…

A very special and strong aspect of the Prague version of Carmen is a focused performance by the big Karlín orchestra that Ota Balage (Kryštof Marek alternating) brought to almost absolute exemplary execution.

Carmen ... offers so much — first off a family show; a massive set where there is always something to look at (Andrea Bartha); beautiful, multicoloured costumes (the same designer); grandiose acrobatic elements; excellent choreography; and memorable music by a well-established composer.


Every scene fits where it should and is not redundant. In short, perhaps the best thought out storyline in recent memory...

Songs ... creep dangerously into your mind and you cannot get rid of them easily.

Moreover, the first as well as the second half has its own clearly defined finale (in the first half the finale is a choral one). One may wish to sigh: finally!

Carmen is primarily a huge show full of colourful lights; acrobatic and magic skills; and company numbers…

It is appropriate to use the traditional saying: “You won’t believe your eyes.”

Lucie Bílá... is a very good Carmen, but at the same time she incorporates a lot of the personality of Lucie Bílá into the role...

The role of José is shared by Robert Jícha a Peter Strenáčik. From a singing perspective, both gentlemen are excellent.

Overall, the following words describe the experience: “We haven’t seen anything like this before”.

It would be a great pity not to see Carmen


I agreed with Michal Prostějovský during the intermission that the world premiere of Carmen brought a real Broadway musical to Prague...

The Karlín Musical Theatre, in cooperation with Ta Fantastika, has moved the Prague musical scene a big step forward.

Jiří P. Kříž, XANTYPA

The Karlín Musical Theatre has staged a magnificent show. True revue-like images fill the whole stage with circus acrobatics, magicians and fire effects that can be literally experienced in the first rows.

Skilfully arranged grand scenes, with a creatively dominant town crier, are among the most impressive in Prague.

Lucie Bílá sings her songs with unique ease and energy. She plays with every line in every song when singing as well as when speaking. We clearly sense a strange kind of fatal sadness, even though ironically this beast is using words to fight as much as possible.

If you come to see any performance full of grandiose scenes and with the excellent Lucie Bílá, you will not leave disappointed.


Whoever understands musicals correctly as a game of perfect dreaming, will find it in this performance in abundance.

Jan Šprincl, INSTINKT


About Theatre

Karlin Musical Theatre, one of the oldest and largest theatres in the Czech Republic, was fi rst built in 1881, though its current appearance dates from 1897, when the theatre was rebuilt in the pseudo-Baroque style. The theatre’s modern history begins after World War II under the leadership of such notables as Oldřich Nový and Jan Werich. It was during this time that the theatre acquired its own company and orchestra and began to build a repertoire.

Historically, Karlín has staged operas, some of the world’s most famous musicals, as well as original Czech works, and today is no different. The theatre houses its own company of soloists, a fantastic orchestra, a choir and a dance company and works with a cast of regular external collaborators. Its quality is confi rmed by seven prestigious Thálie Awards. Following the devastating fl oods of 2002, the theatre was forced to relocate to the Prague Congress Centre, where it operated until the end of the 2005/2006 season. The newly renovated Karlín Musical Theatre had its gala opening in October 2006 with the premiere of the American musical The Producers, the most successful show in the history of Broadway.

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