Public memorial event for late actor and screenwriter Ladislav Smoljak to take place in Žižkov theater

Next Sunday, Prague’s Žižkov Theatre of Jára Cimrman will be holding a public memorial event for its late director, the actor and screenwriter Ladislav Smoljak who died on Sunday at the age of 78 following a long bout of illness. Visitors will be able to pay their last respects to the renowned director early on Sunday. In the afternoon, a funeral service to be attended by close friends and relatives only will be held. A spokesman for the theater said on Monday that some upcoming performances will have to be cancelled, but that the ensemble is committed to keep putting on as many plays as possible despite the death of one of its founders. Mr Smoljak was a household name in the Czech Republic for film roles in the 1970s and ‘80s and well as for his creative collaboration with writer/director Zdeněk Svěrák.

Author: Sarah Borufka