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Vítek František

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Set Designer; Puppets, Marionettes; Sculptor; Puppeteer; Carver (* 1929/9/14 Brno)

Vítek earned his trade certificate as a journeyman sculptor and woodcutter in 1948. For health reasons, he completed only one course at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. In 1953–55 he worked as a woodcutter at the Regional Puppet Theatre in Mariánské Lázně, and in 1955–58 he was employed at the Radost Theatre in Brno. In 1958, he helped found the “Drak” East Bohemian Puppet Theatre in Hradec Králové, where he worked as puppet designer and scenographer until 1981.

His wife is the puppeteer Věra Vítková-Říčařová, and the couple has been an inseparable team in their professional and private lives since the late 1950s, when they met at Brno’s Radost Theatre.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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