Hurvínek is tired of being a little boy! He has to listen to his Daddy and when the attendant does not let him in the cinema to watch the film premiere with his favourite hero because he is too young, Hurvínek has had enough. Dejected, he wanders through the empty passageway when, all of a sudden, he overhears a song of an old hurdy-gurdy player. Where did he come from? As it turns out, he is not a common hurdy-gurdy player but a magical little old man who can fulfil any wish of Hurvínek. Well, Hurvínek has no need to think about it; he wants to be a GROWN-UP! As the story unfolds, you will see whether Hurvínek’s wish will come true and whether he will feel as happy as he expected.
WHAT MANICKA AND ALL THE DEVILS SEWED
“It’s terrible, wearing the same, old, old-fashioned clothes all the time,” sighed Mánička, enviously eyeing her classmates, who boasted models up with the latest fashions. She would give anything for their friendship and for beautiful clothes. Her friendship with Hurvínek, her granny’s love, and she would probably sign up with the devil himself. Be careful what you wish for. All she had to do was get on a tram and take a trip to Deviltown. To hell itself, where all the devils sew…
You will learn what price Mánička had to pay to make her dream come true and how she ended up in a play full of songs.
HURVÍNEK’S LITTLE HEAVEN
Did you hear about the time Hurvínek and Mánička encountered a peculiar animal expert named Doctor Kytl, who had a tomcat named Primrose and a cheeky jackdaw named Franci? You’ll find out all about it in our new performance. Hurvínek, Mánička and their furry companion Žeryk find themselves in a strange house called Little Heaven, which pops up here and there in Malá Strana! In the house there is a mysterious cabinet called the bone shaker, but we won’t tell you what it’s for. We can tell you that the whole adventure starts when Hurvínek decides to teach Žeryk to speak like a person!
HURVÍNEK IN THE DONKEYTOWN
Go to school? No way! Going to school means only one thing to Hurvínek: such a waste of time! And the result is that his dad is regularly horrifi ed by his school reports. It would be perfect if he didn‘t have to go to school anymore! As in every fairy tale, Hurvínek‘s wish comes true. He meets a strange creature with the ears of a donkey who invites him to a place called Donkeytown. A town, the stranger describes, where nobody needs to go to school, a heaven on Earth! Hurvínek immediately decides to travel there despite Mánička´s protests. And how is real life in Donkeytown? Is it really such a paradise as Hurvínek hopes? You can see it with your own eyes while following him in our new story for children!
MR. SPEJBL EXAGGERATES
If there wasn‘t Baron Munchhausen‘s and Hurvínek‘s invention to make travelling easier, then Mr. Spejbl wouldn’t have ended up in the court of the renowned Sultan of Constantinople, he wouldn’t have met grandma Kateřina and he certainly wouldn’t have had to escape from certain death with grandma Kateřina and Mánička on a flying carpet. Landing on a desert island enabled them to meet the everhungry Hurvínek. They all set off on an ancient ship across the broad ocean; however, the oceanic idyll doesn’t last long… following more adventures, they end up on the moon! So how did Mr. Spejbl, Hurvínek, Mánička and grandma Kateřina end up? Was Mr. Spejbl exaggerating or telling the truth? Why does no one believe him? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in this fantastic tale.
HURVÍNEK’S TRIP TO TRAMTARIA
Where have those two gotten to again! All it took was for Hurvínek to catch a bit of a cold. Mánička read to him from a book of fairy tales and it all began. He found himself in a land of thirsty fl owers, ruled by the ill-tempered Princess Gerber. They didn’t even have a chance to take a look around, before she imprisoned their dog, Žeryk! How did they handle this situation? You’ll see.
CHRISTMAS EVE WITH THE SPEJBLS
You can surely imagine how Christmas Eve turns out when Spejbl and Hurvínek are in charge of preparations!But two guardian angels, who are on call over the holidays every year, are watching over our heroes. So in the end the Christmas feeling will find not only the Spejbls, but also audiences of children.
HURVÍNEK’S ST. NICHOLAS
To Central Europeans, St. Nicholas conjures up images of an old man with white hair, a bishop’s mitre and a crosier in his hand, accompanied by an angel and the devil. Good children are rewarded with sweets whilst the naughty ones can expect a stocking full of coal. Hurvínek and Mánička are also impatiently waiting for St. Nicholas. But what happens when the absent-minded Mr. Spejbl forgets about it? Find out as the tale unfolds.
HURVÍNEK AND HIS CONFUSED WEEKEND
SPEJBL versus DRACULA
Just like 40 years ago, Mr. Spejbl will start writing a musical to pay for his debts. In the ghostlike atmosphere of a Parisian mansard that witnesses Spejbl’s creative agony, you will see the vampire slayer Hurvínek, the enterprising nymphoManicka, the hound of the Baskervilles alias Zeryk and Mrs. Katerina fighting for Spejbl’s love with the French decadent singer Poulet. Come to our theatre starting in October 2014 to see how it will all end up when the jovial Count Dracula wakes up at night.
HISTORY VERSUS SPEJBL
(S+H Theatre Golden Fund)
We have selected this play as the opening performance of the “S+H Theatre Golden Fund” series because it is one of our most successful performances for adults. The play was staged for the first time in 1932 under the title “Spejbl versus History.” The 1970 version of the play, staged under the title “History versus Spejbl,” was awarded Skupa‘s Prize at Skupa‘s 4th Pilsen Festival. The final editing of the play‘s text for this conformance was performed by Miloš Kirschner. Nonetheless, shortly after its introduction, the play was banned by censorship. In the present series, we have decided to present a number of remarkable performances for adults, that appeared throughout the 80 years of our theatre‘s professional activity. History versus Spejbl is the first. The authors of this performance intended to reflect upon the fate of many wonderful inventions, which could have served mankind but instead ended up being abused.
THE BEST OF SPEJBL AND HURVÍNEK
On May 2, 2011, Hurvínek turned 85. As a commemorative present for this ageless urchin, a special show was devised comprising of the most famous scenes and dialogues that have delighted the couple’s fans over the years. The conversations between father and son are supplemented by a variety show of puppets.
SPEJBL’S MUSICAL MATINEE
Generations have enjoyed the humorous dialogues between Spejbl, Hurvínek, Mánička and Kateřina. In this performance, they come with a puppet variety show inspired by various musical genres. Gospel is followed by a Russian chastushka sung by a Cossack choir, an operatic singing duo replaces an ensemble of mice trainers, a blues player strums on his guitar whilst a couple of Cubans dance in a temperamental Latino style. However, even beautiful melodies can sometimes have a minor chord. And so Mr. Spejbl’s bass is drowned out by the penetrating alto of Mrs. Kateřina and Mánička’s staccato competes in a duet with Hurvínek’s pubertal falsetto. Harmony is replaced by disharmony, both in the music and this quirky family’s relations.