The theatre building on the 5th courtyard of the castle was built between 1680–1682 by Johann Christian I of Eggenberg (1641 to 1710), a great patron of the arts. From 1765–1766, Josef Adam of Schwarzenberg (1722–1782) had it reconstructed into a modern theatre and equipped with new decorations and advanced technical equipment.
Given that the theatre was not subject to further reconstructions or modernizations in the later centuries, this Baroque scene has been preserved in its original form from the mid-18th century to the present. Nonetheless, the uniqueness of the Český Krumlov Castle Theatre is not in its age or rich equipment, but primarily in its authenticity and integrity. In this regard, the Český Krumlov can only be compared to the Swedish Royal Theatre in Drottningholm.
It‘s not only the theatre building with its stage and auditorium that have remained perfectly preserved, but also the stage scenery, hundreds of costumes and props, and the complete machinery for replacing the scenes. There are also approximately 2,400 volumes of various texts that have survived – scripts, librettos, partitures and scores. Also remarkable is the stage equipment for imitating sounds of a storm, the wind and so on.
|Hours of opening (Tuesday - Sunday):|
|01.05. - 31.10.||10:00 - 16:00||15:00|
|Admission in the official visiting time (CZK)|
|Tour||Czech commentary / foreign language commentary / own guide translation|
|Children, students, invalids||Seniors|
|Castle Theatre||200 / 300 / 250||130 / 200 / 150||160 / 250 / 200||490 / 740 / -|