V + W letters

The correspondence exchanged between Jiři Voskovec and Jan Werich is a good source of evidence on the lives of two exceptional people living during a difficult time. The letters that the two legendary creators of the Liberated Theatre wrote to each other when their paths went in different directions after February 1948 (Jiří Voskovec deciding to return to exile, Jan Werich remaining in Czechoslovakia) are not only stunning testimony to their originality and artistic maturity, but also shed light on the lives of these significant figures in a bipolar world of iron curtains and cold wars.

About the company

The 2013/14 season in Theatre On the Ballustrade opens under new management, a new creative team: Petr Štědroň is the new head of the theatre, its artistic director is Dora Viceníková and its main artistic director is Jan Mikulášek. This team cultivates a poetics of staging work based on texts not originally intended for the stage, seeking out themes rather than stories, and exploring the possibilities of theatrical expression.


Theatre / company

Theatre on the Balustrade / Divadlo Na zábradlí

Czech title

Korespondence V + W


Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich, Dora Viceníková


Jan Mikulášek

Length of the performance

150 minutes

Stage area


Number of travelling persons



Czech , Subtitles available




Theatre Newspaper Award 2010/2011 (direction), Nomination for the Thalia Award 2010 (best female actor, best male actor), Alfréd Radok Award 2010 (production of the year, best set design, nomination for best actress), Award of the Czech Theatre festival 2011 (best production, audience award, best male actor)


Alexandra Poláková