Imagine yourself back in the golden era of the 1920s, sitting in stylish red velvet armchairs, listening to ambient music, having your favorite drink and watching unbelievable performances of professional burlesques. This is not a Moulin Rouge movie; it can be a reality in the Royal Theatre.
Story of Royal Theatre
In June 2019, it will be five years since Royal Theatre rose up from the ashes. This iconic stage preserved its glamorous ambiance of the 1920s and introduced a burlesque program that perfectly fits its atmosphere.
The story began in 1929 when the Royal Theatre opened as a super modern cinema that was greatly popular among locals. That was the golden era of the First Czechoslovak Republic (1918 – 1938) when Praguers enjoyed the best of the emerging Czechoslovak culture. With the outbreak of the Second World War, followed by a communist regime, the cinema was crumbling under state ownership. Only after the Velvet Revolution, this amazing cultural space was returned to its original owners.
The main turning point was the year 2014 when one creative Frenchman Jean-Christophe Gramont spotted the potential of this well-preserved place. He hired a famous designer that finished the touch of the 1920s with red velvet armchairs, Art Deco decorations and modern elements of 21st Century. Finally, this hidden gem opened to the public in June 2014 as the Royal Theatre.
Prague Burlesque Show
Burlesque shows performed in the Royal Theatre is just a great match that will take you back in time. After you absorb the atmosphere of this place, buy a drink and nestle down in red velvet armchairs, show starts with the arrival of Sonny Vargas who warm up the audience.
Then it’s the time when famous burlesque ladies Lady Mousellyca, Miss Cool Cat and Yazz come on the stage. You can expect a series of short performances with different environment and beautiful costumes. The point of all the performances is to take off the clothes, of course, but there is no nudity after all. You will be surprised by the creativity and physical agility of all burlesques. For a glimpse have a look at a short video of Prague Burlesque.
You can enjoy performances every Friday night. Make sure you dress up for this event. Retro style pieces, pearls, and red lipstick perfectly fit the aura of the 1920s. Don’t be surprised, but the majority of the audience are ladies. So, get ready for an unforgettable Friday night.
How to get to the Royal Theatre:
You can find Royal Theatre about 200 meters behind the National Museum. So, take the metro to Museum metro stop (Wenceslas Square) and walk here in about 10 minutes. Before or after the show, I would recommend you to have a coffee in La Bohéme Café or in Cafedu. With these two recommendations, you have a good quality secured.
Address: Vinohradská 48, Prague 2
Map: click here