National Theatre plans offer of wedding services
Holding your wedding at a country castle or chateau in the Czech Republic is nothing unusual – a service used by countless couples. But now, even Prague’s National Theatre might be getting into the game. It turns out that couples may soon be able to get married either in a salon at the theatre or even on stage at the historic Estates Theatre. Some, however, have already come out against the idea.
But he stressed if the idea went ahead, weddings on the premises would not be cheap: around 30 to 40 thousand crowns for a salon at the National Theatre and 90 thousand if couples opted for the stage at Prague’s Estates Theatre, the same stage before which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself conducted the premiere of Don Giovanni in 1787; an attractive venue indeed.
“As the former mayor of Beroun I married off couples in a beautiful salon in the town hall and there’s no question that getting married in the National Theatre would be a wonderful experience for many. But I don’t think that the National Theatre should be the site for wedding ceremonies, not least at a time when more than half of Czech marriages end in divorce.”
Other cultural institutions, meanwhile, expected to be hit hard by the cuts next year will take steps of their own to offset the situation. The National Gallery, for example, has already slashed free visits and may reportedly mothball some exhibitions during the difficult times ahead.