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Prague’s Largest and Loveliest Theater for Children

Published on November 03rd, 2016 in Entertainment

  • An early performance at the Minor from 1985 (Photo: www.divadelninoviny.cz)

  • Masterful puppetry at Minor (Photo: Divadlo Minor / Facebook)

  • Brilliant sets and top performers (Photo: Divadlo Minor / Facebook)

  • The gift shop is not to be missed! (Photo: Divadlo Minor / Facebook)

  • An intimate, historic theater space (Photo: www.theater-architecture.eu)

Parents of small children take note: your visit to Prague must include a visit to Divadlo Minor, a magical theater for tots. As someone who now considers herself a bit of a veteran on the kid's theater scene (thanks to my 3-year-old daughter who loves the Czech tradition of weekend theater), I can honestly say that this is among the best. Centrally located and with a wide repertoire of highly inventive performances and workshops to offer, Minor has it all—a mix of puppetry, musical theater, and improv in a fantastically-designed space.

Perhaps that's why tickets can be tricky to come by, though savvy local parents know that they go on sale on the fifteenth day of the preceding month and will stay up until midnight on the fourteenth to order them! There is a last-minute ticket feature online and I've been told if you try to get tickets in person at the box office before the show that you might be successful.

 


L-R: Scenes from The Garden and Mom, Are We There Yet? (Photo: Divadlo Minor / Facebook) 


The theater houses two performance spaces and smaller rooms where workshops take place. One of them, “Brum” (the Czech word for the noise a bear makes) is a short session for kids 0-3 years old where each child gets a vintage suitcase filled with fun props that they use as an actor leads them through a story about, you guessed it, a bear.

I am consistently wowed by the professional quality of the performance, costumes, and musical production—live music as opposed to the usual recorded audio track. Among our favorites shows have been “The Gingerbread Cottage”, “The Garden” (based on the book by famous Czech illustrator Jiří Trnka), and the noisy avant garde production “Libozvuky” (The Land of Sounds).  Note that most performances are in Czech but many are visual or language-barrier free.

 


The play area is a big hit among little theater-goers! (Photo: Minor.cz)

 

Once you book your seats make sure to arrive early so that your little ones can explore the theater's indoor playground—a fantasy world of giant trees and snails and other whimsical attractions. Parents will be thrilled to note that one of Prague's most beloved coffeehouses, Mamacoffee, shares a building with the theater, which won the mayor's building of the year award in 2002 and has deep roots in the history of puppetry and performance in the Czech lands.

And, lastly, do not overlook the gift shop which stocks a cute array of wooden toys, stocking hats, picture books, and other items that capture the magic of Minor.

Divadlo minor

Vodičkova 6, Prague 1, Old Town
www.minor.cz/
Box office hours Mon-Fri 10:00-13:30 and 14:30-20:00; Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00
Tel 222 231 351
Metro A/B to Můstek
Tram 22 to Novoměstské radnice
Admission Tickets range from 5 CZK (workshops) to 150-250 CZK for performances

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