chapter  4
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Alfred Radok

Alfred Radok, who died of a heart attack in Vienna in 1976 at the age of 61, was the most creative Czech director of the postwar era. Briefly an assistant to E. F. Burian, Radok in his subsequent work was influenced not only by that major artist but also by K. H. Hilar, the earlier towering directorial presence of Czech theatre. All three possessed an innate, intuitive sense of theatre as an autonomous art; all three were noted for their reworking of scripts for maximum theatrical impact; all three rejected the theatre of realistic illusion and were responsible for major innovations in total staging, in which all elements of production are exploited to serve the director’s vision rather than to maintain fidelity to the surfaces of life.