A few steps after completing a fascinating walk over Charles’ Bridge, you find yourself in picturesque Karlova Street, which is the main artery of the Royal Road linking Malá Strana and the Old Town Square. Halfway down Karlova Street, in the UNITARIA Palace, is one of the city’s greatest cultural tourist attractions – the world-famous TA FANTASTIKA PRAHA black-light theatre.
The company was founded in 1980 in the United States by Petr Kratochvíl, an émigré from the former Czechoslovakia. After the revolution in 1989, Petr Kratochvíl returned home, where in 1993 he acquired the UNITARIA Palace in the historical centre of Prague and turned it into the home of TA FANTASTIKA Theatre.
The new theatre immediately made a na me for itself both in the Czech Republic and abroad, and in the past few years has toured in more than thirty countries across three continents. In contrast to other black-light theatres, the repertoire is made up of large, classical performances based on novels – such as “Don Quixote”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Little Prince”, as well as original plays such as “Magic Fantasy”, “Dream” and “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. All of our theatre’s performances however, are nonverbal. The only language is that of movement, music, black-light and mechanical effects, puppets, and in particular, large-screen projections, which communicate with the actors. A visual, creative world, room for fantasy, the poetry of the magic lantern – all of these come together to make up the world of TA FANTASTIKA Theatre. Thanks to these creative approaches which break down language barriers and are understood by all, our performances are successful and popular throughout the world. “Aspects of Alice”, which has been running for an unbelievable 20 years, has been performed more than 7,000 times all over the world.