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Smoček Ladislav

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Stage Director; Playwright/Dramatist; Writer; Translation (* 1932/8/24 Praha)

Ladislav Smoček studied directing at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, graduating in 1956. He then immediately joined the Municipal Regional Theatre in Benešov. After two years he moved to the Julius Fučík Theatre in Brno, and in 1960, he became a director at Prague’s Laterna Magika. He helped establish The Drama Club, where he worked from 1964 to 1980. He also worked in Prague with the Vinohrady Theatre, the National Theatre, and the Ungelt Theatre, as well as Pilsen’s J. K. Tyl Theatre. He has over a hundred productions to his credit.

He is the author of many successful plays, such as Piknik, The Maze, Dr Burke’s Strange Afternoon, and others.

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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