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Winton Cabaret (Kabaret Winton)

19:00 K. Tučková, M. Nekolová, M. Františák & kol.
Main hall
English supertitles
Švandovo Theatre Ensemble

A story about the search for home and one's own blood despite history in an attractive cabaret genre - with singing, dancing, tap dancing and captivating live music right on stage.

Show Length: 1 hr 40 min without intermission
Director: Martin Františák
Cast: Bohdana Pavlíková, Jaroslava Pokorná/Dana Syslová, Tomáš Petřík, Miroslav Hanuš, Andrea Buršová, Matěj Anděl, Anna Grundmanová, Tomáš Červinek, Jacob Erftemeijer, Robert Jašków, Petr Kult, Anežka Šťastná, Katarína Mišejková/Sára Lutovská, Zdeněk Dočekal/Martin Rada
Premiere Date: 22. 10. 2022

During the first eight months of 1939, Nicholas Winton and his colleagues transported 669 children from post-Munich Czechoslovakia. Winton stayed at the Hotel Šroubek on Wenceslas Square for less than a month before returning to Great Britain. Even from there, however, he continued to organize transports to England. All came to a halt after the outbreak of the Second World War. Although it was not obvious at the time, it is clear that Winton saved the lives of those 669 children. Their families usually ended in concentration camps. The children survived thanks to him. In other families, in other countries. And in the following decades all was forgotten.

It was not until the 1980s that the media began to draw attention to Nicholas Winton's story. Gradually stories of the so-called Winton children were revealed, most of whom never returned to their homeland after the war. There was no reason to, sometimes returning was not even an option. Six years is a long time in a child's life. In their homeland they were foreigners.

Ester was also sent to England by her parents who remained in Czechoslovakia together with their younger daughter Hana. They never saw each other again. Ester grew up with foster parents and now has an adult daughter of her own. And yet, one day in 1989, she decides to go to Czechoslovakia. To her surprise, she meets people she thought were long dead. Or is she simply being deceived by her memory and seeing what she wants to see? She is accompanied on her journey by her daughter, who uncovers her mother's story. Ester never wanted to share her story. Until now, in a strange hotel where, it seems, the laws of time and space do not apply.

CHARACTERS AND CAST
MOTHER/LUDMILA: Bohdana Pavlíková
MRS. JOHNSON: Jaroslava Pokorná/Dana Syslová
FATHER: Tomáš Petřík
ESTER 13 years old: Katarína Mišejková/Sára Lutovská
KAŠPAR: Miroslav Hanuš
SINGER LINA: Andrea Buršová
NICHOLAS WINTON: Matěj Anděl
DOREEN WARRINER/HANNAH, dcera Ester: Anna Grundmanová
BENJAMIN: Tomáš Červinek
REGISTRAR: Jacob Erftemeijer
MR. BARTÁK/RECEPTIONIST: Robert Jašków
MARTIN BLAKE: Petr Kult
KERSTIN: Anežka Šťastná
PIANIST: Zdeněk Dočekal/Martin Rada

PRODUCTION TEAM
DIRECTOR: Martin Františák
CONCEPT AND FIRST DRAFT OF A SCRIPT: Kateřina Tučková
SCRIPT: Markéta Nekolová, Martin Františák a kolektiv
DRAMATURGY: Martina Kinská
STAGE DESIGH AND COSTUMES: Marek Cpin
ADDITIONAL RESEARCH AND ASSISTANT TO DIRECTOR: Vít Kořínek
MUSIC: Ivan Acher
PIANO PARTS: Michal Nejtek
CHOREOGRAPHY: Tomáš Rychetský
PRODUCTION: Tereza Marková
STAGE MANAGER: Blanka Popková

References

Jedna sestra odjela, druhá ne. V Kabaretu Winton se za šťastný konec platí

Jana Benediktová, ČT24 More

Kabaret Winton: Nová hra ve Švandově divadla bere za srdce

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Wintonovy děti přežily. Jejich příběhy ale často neměly šťastný konec

Jana Mišúnová, kultura21.cz More

Spisovatelka Kateřina Tučková: Příběh Kabaretu Winton je stále aktuální

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RECENZE: Kabaret Winton, lepší než nudné hodiny dějepisu

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