HAMLETS (Hamleti)

HAMLETS (Hamleti) Jan Mikulášek, Dora Viceníková and CO.

November 13th and 14th 2015

90 min without interval


Hamlet: Jana Plodková
Hamlet: Petr Čtvrtníček
Hamlet: Jiří Vyorálek
Hamlet: Miloslav König
Hamlet: Jakub Žáček 
Hamlet: Ivan Lupták
Hamlet: Václav Vašák

Creative team

Director: Jan Mikulášek 
Dramaturgy: Dora Viceníková 
Set and costumes: Marek Cpin
Music selection: Jan Mikulášek

The original production of the creative team Mikulášek - Viceníková on the topic of actors’ life, playing and pretending. It is the theatre as a topic in itself. How many personalities can actors hold, and how they will bear the consequences? Is acting really a dream profession? Is the director always right? What is not allowed on stage? Why children and pets shouldn’t play in the theater? These and many other notes from the backstage world of the theater.



This original play of Theatre Na zábradlí has confirmed its position as the Theatre of the Year. Unprecedented team work of seven remarkable actors - as rare these days as seven Hamlets on one stage together. All of that enhanced by the stage design and costumes by Marek Cpin."

Performance of the Year 2015 (Editors Poll) - Tomáš Suchánek, Divadelní noviny, 5. 1. 2016

Acting as a topic is viewed in this collage and it is those actors from Na zábradlí who fulfill (or impersonate) everything about this theme excellentely. As they usually do..."
Performance of the Year 2015 (Editors Poll) - Lenka Dombrovská, Divadelní noviny, 5. 1. 2016

„All of the actors in this performance are able to show and represent bowels of their profession, their daily job, their art. It is reamrkable look into own ranks. Maybe there can be found some visitors who will consider this play as belittling the "sacred and noble" mission of the theater. In this case Hamlets are unquestionably ruthless, they destroy this idea, and it is undoubtedly their main advantage.“
Jan Císař, Divadelní noviny, 24. 11. 2015

In the background of gags and utterances there can be heard bitterness and complaints of profession that unlike any other is used to such exalted postitions; actors are beloved or even deified, but also slighted and hated at the same."
Jana Machalická, Lidové noviny, 19. 11. 2015

It's properly self-ironic (there are also more or less encrypted links inside and outside the theater), parodic and of course funny."
Jakub Škorpil, Nadivadlo, 15. 11. 2015

„Very good performance of the whole team, I was especially impressed by remarkable Jana Plodková and Václav Vašák. For me it was hitting the right note and I must admit that I have enjoyed the whole play.“
Jan Pařízek, i-divadlo, 18. 11. 2015

Jan Mikulášek is clearly a director with unique flair for theatricality - he is poetic and precise in rhythm and creating situations. In this play there is also shown again how excellent group of actors Na zábradlí Theatre has - from Hamlets we can name for example Petr Čtvrtníček, Jiří Vyorálek, Ivan Lupták or Jana Plodková."
Josef Rubeš, Czech Radio Vltava – Mozaika, 20. 11. 2015

„It is very important that actors and their position are not put on pedestal and that's also not the tone of the whole play. They are not the chosen and they are also not psychopaths. In general stereotypes are more likely to be parodied in Hamlets. And it works!"
Barbora Čiháková, Aktuálně.cz, 22. 11. 2015

„Which lines are taken from world classics and which belong to the actors themselves? You can see the actors play and pretend incessantly (they perodically produce theatrical tears with help of a potion which leads to a collective hysteria), changing roles and costumes, for everything you can say the director's 'Not believable' - even for sweeping the floor."
Ester Žantovská, Hospodářské noviny, 19. 11. 2015

„Essence of acting in Hamlets - that could be even called therapeutic - is not introspective or repentant, but rather masochistic. The look in actor's environment is likeable by audience, because of absurd stories and visitor's feeling that those "untouchable artists" are very similar to them. This appalling cliché is successfully avoided by Mikulášek."
Martin Macháček, Tyjátr – Radio Wave, 23. 11. 2015

„To be or not to be," these words usually pop up in people's heads when they hear HAMLET. Maybe some of them even repeat those words quietly before the performance begins. They do well. Although there will be one Danish prince after another during the performance, they will never say those words. The latest production of Theatre Na zábradlí is not so much about Hamlet, but rather about people who impersonate him."
Pavel Besta, e-kultura, 22. 1. 2016

„Such an intense theatrical experience is almost mandatory to experience - not just for fans of the theater on Anenské Square."
Michal Hozman, Generace21, 23. 11. 2015