Speech to the Nation

Italian writer, dramatist, director and actor Ascanio Celestini (b. 1972), is ranked among the followers of the renowned and versatile artist Dario Fo. Working with narrative theatre, he plays with language, toying with words and their meanings, and his witty, provocative, stirring and often moving texts hone in on the contemporary world, its struggles and its hidden corners, be they social inequality, child labour, the impending environmental disaster or government corruption.

About the company

The National Theatre’s Drama Ensemble is the largest company of its kind in the Czech Republic. In our programming, we strive to include works of the classical and contemporary Czech and international repertoires, as well as original projects and Czech premieres. Our productions are visually compelling and exquisitely staged. We produce eight new productions a year, while also pursuing a host of accompanying activities, including educational programmes and the international festival Prague Crossroads.



Theatre / company

The Drama Ensemble of the National Theatre, Prague / Činohra Národního divadla Praha

Czech title

Proslov k národu


Ascanio Celestini


Petra Tejnorová


Jan Mikyska


Jan Tošovský

Stage design

Dragan Stojčevski, video-technical cooperation: Aleš Zemene, Dominik Žižka, Erik Bartoš

Costume design

Adriana Černá

Lighting design

Tomáš Morávek

Length of the performance

95 minutes

Number of travelling persons



Subtitles available , Czech




Daniela Pařízková