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The Baroque theater

A rare wooden Baroque theater from the end of the 18th century is the castle interior’s greatest jewel. There are only very few Baroque theaters located throughout Europe. Lit by candles, these small, entirely wooden spaces were often consumed in flame. After a fire, the theater on the castle’s second floor was rebuilt on the ground floor, where it survived centuries without damage, along with its stage technology and a complete set of scenery by Josef Platzer. His painted decorations also graced Vienna’s Burgtheater and Prague’s Estates Theater.

The Baroque theater is used only exceptionally in the festival’s program. The first festival concert in a long time was heard here in 2020, when Smetana’s Litomyšl was organized despite the ongoing pandemic of the deadly COVID-19 virus. The 62nd Smetana’s Litomyšl changed its entire program to be composed of intimate productions – with a smaller number of performers and naturally smaller audience capacities. However, this made it possible to use the castle’s more precious spaces. In addition to the Baroque theater, there is also the castle’s chapel, which has a truly tiny capacity – under normal circumstances, presenting performances here would make charging high entrance fees a financial necessity.

The Baroque theater offers seating for 100 guests.

Jiráskova 93, Litomyšl

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