Tom Stoppard's Rock'n'Roll "comes home" with Czech premiere
The red carpet was out on Thursday evening for the Czech premiere of the latest play by the renowned British playwright Tom Stoppard. He was born in Czechoslovakia, and the play, Rock'n'Roll, is partly set in Prague; it begins with the Soviet crushing of the Prague Spring in 1968 and ends with a Rolling Stones concert at the city's Strahov stadium in 1990.
"I've actually been quite moved by the fact the audience were so enthusiastic and got into it so much...The way the second half reaches a climax - and I'm not just saying this because it ends with us on stage - really works well, I think."
Man 1: "I liked separate talks and interviews and speeches, but I must say I didn't understand the whole thing - I just didn't. But I enjoyed it."
Do you think he captured the real dissident world at all?
"I don't think so (laughs)."
"It's true that no good play has been written by a Czech author. But I think this is not a good play either. I think there are some good parts in it, there are some good speeches, there is some fun. But I just didn't understand it."
Man 2: "I did like it. I liked it because the national theatre is a special place, the Plastics are a special group and just being here is a perfect feeling. The play is a good play and I liked the actors, the text and the music - I loved it. And I was happy to see how the audience reacted."
"I was very excited to be coming here at all and I was very excited by the production. The whole thing has been a real memorable evening for me personally and I'm very pleased."
"The audience reaction was fascinating, because they did react differently in different parts - they laughed at things which were special to the Czech experience. I found that the most fascinating thing about the evening for me, though frankly I enjoyed the whole thing."
Tom Stoppard said when the Plastic People of the Universe appeared on stage at the end of the Czech version of Rock'n'Roll it was one of the greatest moments of his career.