35-47 Bethnal Green Road
21 November 2019 (8pm)
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet revolution the Czech Centre brings to London a portrait of the first post-1989 Czech president presented as a modern-day musical in a multi-award-winning production from the cult Prague Theatre on the Balustrade. The play follows the life of Vaclav Havel, playwright of the Theatre of the Absurd, who thanks to the absurdity of real life becomes the first Czech president.
Vaclav Havel was a legend during his lifetime and an iconic figure of the 20th century. However, hidden behind the celebrated facade was the dramatic genius, the persecuted dissident, the man of truth and ideals, but also a lover of good beer and pretty women. Infused with gentle irony, Velvet Havel, a bold cabaret-style musical which combines stylised live music with strikingly contemporary ideas from Havel´s literary legacy, is about the life and work of a man with a unique personality.
A winner of five major 2014 Czech Theatre Critics´ Awards (The Best Show of the Year, Best New Play, Best Music, Best Actor, Best Actress), is as much a light-hearted comedy as a serious 90-minute drama about one of the greatest men in modern history.