The Theatre Critics’ Awards 2014
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 (69 critics participated this year).
For the first time in its history, in its twenty-third year the survey has produced a clear winner: Prague’s Divadlo Na zábradlí (Theatre on the Balustrade). That is to say, the Play of the Year is the musical-cabaret portrait of Václav Havel by the composer and playwright Miloš Orson Štědroň, Velvet Havel, staged at the Theatre on the Balustrade by Jan Frič. The production also scored in both acting categories where the awards went to Miloslav König, who played Václav Havel, and Marie Spurná in the role of Olga Havlová. Štědroň’s original text became the Czech Play of the Year and he also won the category of Best Music of the Year for Velvet Havel. The award for the Best Set Design of the Year went to Marek Cpin for his scenery for the production Pleasure Seekers by Jan Mikulášek and Dora Viceníková, directed by Mikulášek also at the Divadlo Na zábradlí, and the Talent of the Year is the director Anna Petrželková, particularly due to her production Harridans based on texts by Daniil Charms. This production was also staged at the Divadlo Na zábradlí, which has also received the Theatre of the Year title.