Spejbl and Hurvinek have been awarded prize Thalia

Lets play

Praha 6


Jana Kubíčková, Štěpán Gajdoš


A show based on the D S+H legendary play  

Go with Hurvínek to look for his lost scooter!
In the story with a detective plot designed for the youngest audience members as well, Hurvínek sets out to look for his scooter.
However, he is not the only one in the town looking for something, and Hurvínek now suspects everyone – mailmen, a custodian, a policeman. Or is his papa, Mánička’s grandma, the dog Žeryk or Mánička to be blamed for the lost scooter?
The trap snaps in the school attic, and you should come to see who gets trapped in the end.


  Direction: Ondřej Lážnovský
Stage and marionettes artistic design: Miki Kirschner
Marionettes technology and production: Antonín Müller, Richard Maška
Stage technology and production: Karel Čapek Music: Jan Lstibůrek

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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.

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“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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A story about a confused weekend afternoon that makes Hurvínek, Spejbl, Mánička and Mrs. Kateřina feel dizzy, especially due to two little bears who have run away from a circus. The play is filled with pretty songs and funny scenes that will amuse and entertain all children.

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Hurvínek and Mánička enter the world of fairy tales where they meet many personages. After they understand the value of fairy tales, they promise that they will keep returning to the fantasy world for the rest of their lives.

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S+H – “It takes two to…”

In the spirit of the famous Czechoslovakian tradition of conversations between comedic duos (such as Voskovec + Werich, Horníček + Werich, Suchý + Šlitr, Šimek + Grossman, Lasici + Satinský and here Spejbl + Hurvínek) with their renowned detached cynicism, they comment on important questions such as: Who’s leading the way? Which way is it? Are they going away? How could they, no way!!!

During the entirely original mental and linguistic gymnastics of Spejbl and Hurvínek, the audience discovers the duo’s life is heading off the rails, or more like off the strings.

Martin Klásek continues the authorial dialogs of S+H in the spirit of Miloš Kirschner and Helena Štáchová and keeps the tradition alive and well.

Written by Martin Klásek
Dramaturgy | Ondřej Lážnovský
Music | Jiří Toufar
Director | Ondřej Lážnovský
Creative stage design | Dušan Soták
Technology, stage and puppet manufacture| Dušan Soták

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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.

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The creative team of Miki Kirschner – Robin Král – Jan Lstibůrek invite you to their non-traditional musical performance for adults. Spejbl and Hurvínek meet noir for the first time!

The darker atmosphere, detective plot, terrifying song and dance that make even a puppet’s blood run cold. There’s a murderer stalking the town and it’s up to Spejbl to catch him tonight, but where has Hurvínek gone?

What sins weigh down Spejbl the father and what mysteries or dark secrets is his son Hurvínek hiding? The authors will reveal all in a patchwork knit from the grotesquely cynical black and white detective movies of the nineteen forties.


Director Miki Kirschner
Song lyrics
 Robin Král
Stage / design
 Miki Kirschner
 Richard Maška
Puppet designs
 Miki Kirschner
Technology and puppet carving
 Antonín Müller and Ivan Moravec
Jan Lstibůrek

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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