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The Estates Theatre was originally named the Nostitz Theatre after its founder, but when Count Nostitz sold the theatre to the Bohemian Estates, it became known by its current name. Although during the latter half of the 19th century it became the Royal Provincial German Theatre after the theatre company settled there. In 1920 the name Estates Theatre was restored, only to be changed again in 1948 to the Tyl Theatre, after the Czech writer, actor and playwright Josef Kajetan Tyl acquired the building. In 1990 after a complete restoration lasting eight years, the building was re-opened, and again named the Estates Theatre.

The Estates Theatre has close links with the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart was a favourite of Prague and in 1786 the Marriage of Figaro was performed in at the Estates Theatre, then known as the Nostitz. In 1787, Mozart personally conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni here to a very appreciative audience.

The Theatre has a capacity of 650 and seats so it is advisable to book early if you wish to go. The cheaper tickets are standing room only on the top tier, perhaps not so wonderful for the performance itself, but you will have a wonderful view if this unique auditorium.

Dress Code: Guests are encouraged to dress smartly. A jacket and tie is not mandatory, but the wearing jeans and trainers are frowned upon.

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The Estates Theatre is the oldest theatre in Prague, and is considered to be the city’s finest neo-classical building. It is located in the Old Town equidistant from the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The building was constructed over a period of two years and opened in 1783. Count Frantisek Antonin Nostic-Rieneck commissioned the building from a design by the master builder Anton Haffenecker, who worked on the building in collaboration  with Sebastian Kunigl. When the theatre opened in 1783, the words Patriae et Musis, or Music and the Homeland were inscribed above the main entrance, and have remained there to this day.

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