• Genre Drama
  • Stage Drama Theatre
  • Premiere23. February 2019
  • Length3:25 hod.
  • Number of reprises50
  • Price 520 - 560 Kč

story about the search for love

“All happy families are similar, every unhappy family is unhappy in their own way.”

This expressive observation by the giant of the Russian novel begins one of the most famous psychological probes into the perceptive female soul and one of the most impressive depictions of femininity in the history of literature. Tolstoy, inspired by a real event – the suicide of Anna S. Zykova, the young unfaithful common-law wife of his neighbour, the landowner Bibikov – created a story about the scandalous peccadillo of a beautiful woman who has “married well” but finds herself facing a fateful yet voluntary choice between her current life in a love-free conventional marriage to a senior state official, Karenin, and the natural right of individuals to happiness. Her love for cavalry officer Alexei Vronsky is even more tragic as, unlike in the case of the moralists of the time, she doesn´t want to be hypocritical, or perhaps isn’t even able to – neither to herself nor to her loved ones: she doesn´t hide her adulterous relationship and its consequences. Instead, she leaves her husband and son Sergei and thus comes into conflict with the environment she grew up and lived in. This love story of a woman from aristocratic circles takes place against the historical background of a society riddled with moral hypocrisy.

Anna Karenina is, along with Tolstoy´s War and Peace, a unique attempt in the history of the novel to capture the totality of being and consciousness; this tendency itself becomes the vehicle for insight into the eternal search for fulfilment and the similarly eternal lack of fulfilment that life brings, phenomena which cannot be bound by any cognitive schemas. Our dramatization will be an attempt to encapsulate the essence and spirit of the whole story: the timeless desire for a great, absolute and single life-long love.

Please note: Tobacco products are used in the performance.

Of course, there is no smoking in the public areas of the Brno Municipal Theatre. If tobacco products are used on stage as part of a prescribed acting event, it is a work of art that enjoys the protection of inviolability under the Copyright Act. A cigarette is thus considered a prop. The use of cigarettes, even electronic cigarettes, in performances already performed is considered to be an artistic effect which cannot yet be replaced by any other means. It is not the smoking of cigarettes or other tobacco products, but the artistic representation of this activity.


  • Lev Nikolajevič Tolstoj

Directed by

Assistant director




  • Petr Gazdík

Umělecký záznam a střih představení

  • Dalibor Černák

Výběr hudby

  • Petr Gazdík

Dramatizace s použitím překladu Taťjany Haškové

  • Jiří Záviš


  • Petr Hloušek

Movement coordination

  • Aneta Majerová

Světelný design

  • David Kachlíř



Hraběnka Vronská

Hraběnka Lýdie Ivanovna

Kněžna Ščerbacká

Kněžna Betsy Tverská

Hraběnka Nordstonová

Nikolaj Levin

Jegoruška Korsunskij



Baronka Chilletonová

Doktor, Přednosta stanice

Kněz, Diplomat

Kněžna Mjagká, Thérèse

Hraběnka Merkalovová




Korněj (majordomus u Kareninů), Průvodčí



Serjoža - dítě

Gríša - dítě

Táňa - dítě

Vasja - dítě

Aljoša - dítě

Lily - dítě

Moskvané, Petrohraďané, služebnictvo, nádražní personál, důstojníci, tanečnice z francouzského divadla, cikánští muzikanti