Theatre artists from Pilsen moved to the New Theatre in the Jízdecká Street at the beginning of their 150th anniversary season in which they promise to viewers a record-breaking number of 26 premieres. The modern building prides with two theatres, the main one with capacity for 460 viewers and the studio scene with auditorium for 150 viewers. Both conceal top stage and scenic equipment that fulfils strict safety parameters.
The new theatre invites to visit also with its atypical shape. A distinctive architectural feature is the entrance facade that evokes a stage curtain and leans over the coming visitors at a slight angle of 11.2 degrees and invites them to enter the interior of the theatre. A “curtain” with dimensions of 21.8 x 13.8 x 0.60 meters consists of 40 irregular bubbles; three of them are the entrances to the building. The dominant material used in the exterior of the theatre is cast architectural concrete coloured to red shade. During 114 individual placings of concrete, the daily delivery of concrete was from 2.5 to 8 cubic meters. The concrete was coloured by a special inorganic pigment that was imported by sea from the USA. On site, there were daily roughly 250 employees of the contractor company HOCHTIEF CZ and its subcontractors.
The selection of the Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana as the premiere theatre performance is for the contractor of the theatre symbolic. When Smetana introduced the final revision of the opera in 1870, there were the first mentions about newly emerging timber company which over the time evolved to the construction group HOCHTIEF. And in the hometown of Bedřich Smetana, in Litomyšl, the company HOCHTIEF is currently finalizing the project of reconstruction of the Castle Hill.
Surroundings of the theatre have also significantly changed. In the middle of the theatre block a footpath linking the Palacký Square and Pobřežní Street has been created. The attention of passers-by is attracted by the concrete sculpture of a pebble or an egg, its mounting at the end of July was one of the last major construction activities on the New Theatre. Three meters high and almost four and a half meters long sculpture weighs sixteen tons and has been manufactured and delivered from 130 km away concrete plant of the company HOCHTIEF CZ in Planá nad Lužnicí. The space in front of the entrances to both buildings is constituted by a square with a café and bookstore. The building includes a restaurant with bar and also facility for a ballet school. Theatre visitors may use the underground parking lot for two hundred cars.