Prague: National Theatre - N?rodn? DivadloSitting on the banks of the river Vltava, the National Theatre (also known as Národní Divadlo) first opened on June 11, 1881.
The theatre represents a resurgence of Czech art and sensibilities over the German culture that had once dominated the country. Inspiration from Slavic mythology, musical symbolism, and public icons of Czech theatre can be seen in the sculpture and decoration of the theatre.
Three months after the theatre’s opening, a fire broke out, which destroyed the copper dome, the auditorium and the stage. It was later rebuilt and reopened on November 18, 1883 with a performance of Smetana’s opera Libuše.
Today the National Theatre company presents opera, ballet and plays, alternating performances with the Estates Theatre.