Black Light Theatre of Prague

Crazy doctor Fr.

1 000 performances


D. Šedivák, P. Toman, E. Roztočilová (Grygarová), J. Studničková, K. Leixner, B. Dufek, D. Hirschkorn

Length of performance:

70 minutes

About show:

It was primarily Mary Shelley’s cult classic novel Frankenstein that inspired the creators of this new black theatre project, which premiered on April 4th, 2006 at the Palace Theatre. However, alongside doctor Frankenstein, it features many other well-known characters from the world of detective and horror stories. Dr. Frankenstein, a slightly absent-minded and loony scientist, is obsessed with the idea of creating an artificial man. To help bring about his plan, he seeks the cooperation of great figures from detective and horror stories. Among those reawakened to life: the Invisible Man, Sherlock Holmes, the Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula…

You will experience unexpected adventures alongside the protagonist in his quest across Europe. You will find yourself in the depths of the ocean among dancing jellyfish, see the Eiffel Tower come to life in Paris, meet merry mountain men yodelling in their typical Tyrolean folk costumes while crossing the Alps, and Vienna will live up to its reputation as the capital of waltz. In mysterious Transylvania, below Count Dracula’s castle, a gypsy woman is telling fortunes… A future of glory or woe?

Embark on a romantic journey to fulfil the dream of an absent-minded professor who will gain your sympathies by his kind-hearted humour.

The show takes advantage of all the classical black theatre elements and effects. Inventive tricks are combined with enchanting music and a captivating story into a poetic whole whose tongue-in-cheek treatment and humour diverge significantly from the original horror story, making at an accessible and entertaining show for audiences of all generations.

The Creation of Frankenstein

In 1816, Mary Godwin was spending the summer with her husband-to-be Percy Bysshe Shelley visiting George Gordon, Lord Byron. The days being rainy, they entertained themselves by inventing terrifying stories. It was then that the student and later scientist Victor Frankenstein first saw the light of day, endowed by his author with the obsession of creating the perfect man. Published in 1818, the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was adapted a countless number of times and is considered today one of the foundational works of the horror genre. The same rainy summer and the same company saw the birth of another classical horror story character—lord Byron wrote the outline of his short story “The Vampyre”, which later became the first inspiration of vampire horror stories such as the novel Dracula. By pure chance, two classical horror story motifs thus came into being simultaneously.

(from 2007 onwards, 1000 performances so far)