The Theatre Critics’ Awards 2019
The Awards are a continuation of the former Alfréd Radok Awards. They are traditionally based on the sums of votes in a survey held by the Svět a divadlo magazine in which 82 critics participated this year. The Best Production of 2019 and also the Best New Czech Play of the Year were won by Trans, Points, Seconds, directed by its author Tomáš Dianiška at the Ostravian Petr Bezruč Theatre. In addition, its starring actor Jakub Burýšek was named the Talent of the Year (see SAD 5/2019, Bergmannová: “Slightly Different Heroes”; the text of the play was also published in that issue). In the Best Actor of the Year category critics recognised Jakub Albrecht in the title role of another of Tomáš Dianiška’s works, Frankie: The Armless at Prague’s Divadlo pod Palmovkou (see SAD 6/2019, Žantovská: “About a Man Who Was All Legs”). The Best Actress of 2019 was won by Erika Stárková for her role of the Girl in the musical Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, directed at the Prague Municipal Theatres – Comedy by Marián Amsler. And the Prague Municipal Theatres were also named the Best Theatre of 2019. The Best Set Design of the Year was created by Jakub Kopecký for the production of A Bouquet, staged at the Prague National Theatre by the duo SKUTR, and the Best Music of the Year was composed by Tomáš Vtípil for Miroslav Bambušek’s Woyzeck, presented by the HaDivadlo of Brno.