Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich

V+W: The Letters

An actor’s life is terrible – and sometimes it isn’t at all.

Voskovec’s and Werich’s correspondence is a powerful story about the lives of two extraordinary people going through uneasy times. Letters of the legendary founders of the Liberated Theatre, whose lives were separated after February 1948, are a fascinating testimony of their originality and artistic maturity. The correspondence reveals the private lives of these extraordinary personalities in a bipolar world made of iron curtains and cold wars. These letters are a unique evidence of the intellectual and spiritual world of V+W and they represent the peak of Jiří Voskovec’s postwar literary period. “The form of abbreviation, short connections, theatrical allusions, plus the private codes and brilliant stylization, incredible addressings and signings” – these are the apt words the critics used to describe the production.

DURATION
150 min with interval

CREATIVE TEAM
director / Jan Mikulášek
dramaturgy / Dora Viceníková
set / Svatopluk Sládeček
costumes / Marek Cpin

CAST
Jiří Voskovec / Václav Vašák
Jan Werich / Jiří Vyorálek
Zdenička / Anežka Kubátová

PREMIERE
September 16th, 2013

AWARDS

  • 2011 – Czech Theatre Awards – The Best Production of the Festival (1st place)
  • 2011 – Czech Theatre Awards – The Best Audience Choice (1st place)
  • 2011 – Czech Theatre Awards – Best Male Role: Václav Vašák and Jiří Vyorálek (2nd place)
  • 2011 – Theatre Newspaper Awards – Directing the Production: Jan Mikulášek
  • 2010 – Alfréd Radok Awards – Play of the Year (2nd place)

TOUR

  • 2017 – Festival Rehearsal for Truth, New York (USA)
  • 2016 – Mala Scena STU, Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • 2016 – Culture House ŽSR, Zvolen (Slovakia)
  • 2015 – Festival Csekkold!, Budapest (Hungary)
  • 2013 – Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatralny DEMOLUDY, Olsztyn (Poland)