7) Home Puppet Theatres
8) The Summer Camp Puppet Theatre
9) The Novák Theatre
10) Personalities of the LDFO Theatre
11) Josef Skupa , Jiří Trnka and Revolutionary Kašpárek
12) (Not only) amateur theatres
The story of the puppet theatres continues on the second floor where little family theatres, combining the worlds of children and adults, become a new phenomenon on the imaginary time axis.
A specific role in the history was played by the Puppet Theatre of Holiday Settlements where the association making contributions to summer holidays for poor children and the strolling theatre of Karel Novák joined their forces and the theatre settled permanently in Pilsen. The theatre was operated in the years 1913 - 35, and it was just this stage where the puppets of Spejbl and Hurvínek appeared for the first time. The Theatre of Karel Novák was reconstructed and mechanized for the Museum’s exposition to make it possible for visitors to perceive the atmosphere of the theatre at the time of its greatest fame.
Another part of the exposition is devoted to the renowned personalities, such as Gustav Nosek, Josef Skupa and Jiří Trnka, whose joint work gave birth to the probably most famous Czech puppets - Spejbl and Hurvínek. In order to make the set of puppet “super stars” complete, the exposition must not forget the “revolutionary” joker Punch who played a leading role in cabaret shows in his time, making fun of the political situation at the end of the World War I, or the favourable pair of jokers Grundle and Šlafunda from the Theatre of Karel Novák.
That the rich puppet tradition in Pilsen has not died the visitors can satisfy themselves in the room devoted to the ensembles of the present and recent periods. The ensembles represented in the Museum are Špalíček, V Boudě, Střípek, Rámus and Divadélko dobrý den.
Exposition map You can download here