chapter  2
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The liberated theatre of Voskovec and Werich

It would be difficult to imagine a stronger contrast within Czech theatre during the interwar years than the one between the large-scale drama productions of K. H. Hilar in state-supported, established repertory theatres such as the National or the Vinohrady, and the jazz-oriented, cabaret-like revues of Voskovec and Werich that were produced serially – and commercially – in several smaller, more recent Prague theatres.1 The creativity of these particular artists provided highpoints of modern Czech theatre that transcended their times, even while reflecting those times in various ways.