Interior-History of Theatre

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500I3 ZK 2 2P+0C English
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Department of Interior Design

This subject focuses on the development of the architecture of theatre buildings and production areas. Attention is focused on the logic of the relation between the building typology and the development of the theatre, as a medium. Media that express the cultural and social tendencies of their time. These aspects then influence the formation of the scenic space and its technical equipment. Seminar work, which analyses historical theatre building and contemporary theatre building and, compares the different needs of the production space. Part of the course includes excursions to Czech theatre buildings and a visit to Laterna magika.


For the exams, it is necessary to prepare a seminary work of approximately 4 pages of textual part comparing a modern (new) theatre building and contemporary modern theatre space. The theatre space should relate to a place not originally meant for a theatre production however, where at present this theatre production takes place (e.g. public space or industrial site) in student´s country. In addition, the paper should include minimum of 1 page of illustrative pictures/photos.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Starting lecture.

2. Czech Theatre buildings.

3. Scene of public space, Sculpture as mediator, Industrial sites.

4. The 19th Century Theatre.

5. The first half of the 20th Century Theatre.

6. The second half of the 20th Century Theatre.

7. Laterna Magica – Josef Svoboda.

8. The second half of the 20th Century Theatre

9. Excursion

10. The Greek and Roman Theatre. The Medieval Theatre.

11. The Theatre of the Italian Renaissance. The Elizabeth Theatre.

12. The Student´s presentation on seminary work.

13. The Student´s presentation on seminary work.

Syllabus of tutorials:

There are no excercises.

Study Objective:

Basic orientation in the main milestones of theatre history which formulated the theatre production as we know it today. Basic understanding of the functioning of a theatre building and its operation.

Study materials:

 Beyond everydayness theatre architecture in Central Europe. Prague: National Theatre, 2010, ISBN 978-80-7258-364-5.

 Brockett, Oscar & Hildy, Franklin. History of the Theatre. Pearson, 2006, ISBN-10: 0205473601, ISBN-13: 978-0205473601.

 Hartnoll, Phyllis. A Concise History of the Theatre. London: Thames and Hudson, 2012, ISBN-10: 0500204098, ISBN-13: 978-0500204092



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