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Helšus Václav

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Actor (* 1947/3/6 Louny)

Václav Helšus studied acting at the Theatre Faculty of Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts and graduated in 1970. He immediately joined Kladivadlo in Ústí nad Labem, but that soon disbanded and transformed into the Drama Studio (for Young People) under the auspices of the Z. Nejedlý State Theatre. From 1973, he worked with Studio Ypsilon in Liberec (and later in Prague). From 1979, he was engaged at the F. X. Šalda Theatre, and from 1987 to 1989, he also performed in Prague’s National Theatre.

To date, he has performed over 200 theatrical roles and is the author of two plays. He has also held dozens of television and film roles.

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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