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Scherl Adolf

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Author; Reviewer; Theatrologist (* 1925/8/18 Praha, † 2017/4/3 Praha)

Scherl studied aesthetics and musicology at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts in Prague, receiving his doctorate in 1952. After graduation, he worked as an assistant in the aesthetics seminar, where he held the position of secretary to the dean. Later, he worked as a freelance theatre critic and collaborated with Divadlo (Theatre) magazine. From 1957 until his retirement in 1991, he worked at the Office for the Study of Czech Theatre at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Czech Literature.

He was a member of the Thalia Germanica international association.

JHis wife was the theatre theorist and radio journalist Slávka Dolanská (*1927).

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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