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Richter Karel

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Actor; Stage Director; Director/Principal (* 1926/5/28 Praha)

As he was not accepted by the conservatory, Karel Richter attended business school. He acted in the Míla Mellanová Children’s Theatre in Prague from childhood. In 1953, the ensemble made its new home in the former Grand Operetta in Dlouhá Street as the Jiří Wolker Theatre. In 1974, he became its director, a post he held until his retirement in 1990. He performed over 120 roles. He was also the face of twenty movie characters (the first was Tomík in Václav Krška’s film Kluci na řece (Boys on the River)); he was also involved in dubbing and radio work. He received the Artist’s Life Foundation’s Senior Prix in 1996, and a year later the František Filipovský Award, both for lifetime achievement in dubbing.

His son Ivan (1953 – 2000) was also an actor.

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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