Will it be third time lucky for Vaclav Havel’s play “Leaving”?
When Vaclav Havel stepped down as president after three terms in office he said he was planning to return to his creative roots. His first play in two decades –called “Leaving” or “Odchazeni” in Czech – draws on his experience in the world of politics and has generated a lot of media attention. Prague’s top theatres jockeyed for the honour of presenting it but finding the right stage for Mr Havel’s new play has not proved easy.
“I have come to believe that this search for an appropriate theatre was all for the best, that it was fated to happen. I wrote the play with a medium-sized stage in mind and that is where it rightly belongs.”
Archa is proud of having landed rights to premiere the play and claims it has all the technical facilities required. However there is one potential hitch – the theatre’s finances for next year have not yet been confirmed – and unless it gets a fine fat grant Mr. Havels’ financially demanding play “Leaving” might have live up to its name one more time.