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Famous Playwrights from Czech Republic

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List of notable or famous playwrights from Czech Republic, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Czech Republic and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Czech Republic. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Czech playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Czech Republic is included when available.

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    Boleslav Polívka is a Czech film and theatre actor, mime, playwright and screenwriter. Polívka played in more than 40 films.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Europe, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Vizovice
    • Profession: Mime artist, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: Divided We Fall, Skřítek, Bathory, Freckled Max and the Spooks, Something Like Happiness, + more
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    Emil Artur Longen was a screenwriter, actor, film director, writer, painter and playwright.more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1885-1936)
    • Birthplace: Pardubice District, Europe, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Pardubice, + more
    • Profession: Painter, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Film Director, + more
    • Credits: Rudi na záletech, Hubička, Rudi na křtinách, Rudi sportsman, Pobočník Jeho Výsosti, + more
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    Ivan Klíma
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    Ivan Klíma is a Czech novelist and playwright. He has received the Magnesia Litera Award and the Franz Kafka Prize, among other honors.more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Professor, Novelist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: A Summer of Love
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    Jan Werich was a Czech actor, playwright and writer.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1905-1980)
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Fimfarum Jana Wericha, Fimfárum 2, The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, The Fall of Berlin, Le Golem, + more
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    Jaroslav Kvapil was a Czech poet, playwright, and librettist. From 1900 he was a director and Dramaturg at the National Theatre in Prague, where he introduced plays by Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Maxim Gorky into the repertory. Later he was a director at the Vinohrady Theatre. He wrote six plays, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1868-1950)
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Author, Playwright
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    Jiří Brdečka was a Czech writer, artist, and film director. Brdečka was born in Hranice na Moravě to a literary family; his father, Otakar Brdečka, wrote under the pseudonym Alfa. Brdečka studied at Charles University in Prague until the German occupation of Czechoslovakia forced the closing of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1917-1982)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Hranice, Czech Republic, Central Europe
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Animator, Writer, Film Director, + more
    • Credits: Lemonade Joe, The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, Old Czech Legends, + more
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    Jiří Mahen was a Czech novelist, playwright and essayist.more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1882-1939)
    • Birthplace: Čáslav, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Novelist, Playwright
    • Credits: Jánošík, Jánošík
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    Jiří Trnka
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    Jiří Trnka was a Czech puppet-maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director. In addition to his extensive career as an illustrator, especially of children's books, he is best known for his work in animation with puppets, which began in 1946. Most of his movies were intended for adults ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1912-1969)
    • Birthplace: Pilsen, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Film Art Director, Illustrator, Screenwriter, Costume Designer, Animator, + more
    • Credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Old Czech Legends, The Hand, The Emperor's Nightingale, Springman & the SS, + more
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    Jiří Voskovec
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    Jiří Voskovec was a Czech-American actor, playwright, dramatist, director, translator, and poet. Throughout most of his career he was associated with Jan Werich. He attended school in Prague and in Dijon, France, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1955.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1905-1981)
    • Birthplace: Czech Republic, Sázava
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Poet, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: 12 Angry Men, Somewhere in Time, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Boston Strangler, Nero Wolfe, + more
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    Josef Kajetán Tyl was a significant Czech dramatist, writer and actor. He was a notable figure of the Czech National Revival movement and is best known as the author of the current national anthem of the Czech Republic titled Kde domov můj.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1808-1856)
    • Birthplace: Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Playwright
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    Roman Sikora

    Roman Sikora is a contemporary Czech playwright and journalist. He grew up in the town of Třinec in eastern Czech Republic where he worked in the local steel plant, Třinec Iron and Steel Works before moving to Brno. Here he went on to graduate from the Drama Department of Brno's renown Janáček's Academy ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Třinec, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Journalist, Playwright
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    Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL is a Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Zlín, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Brazil, Shakespeare in Love, Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Vatel, + more
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    Václav Havel
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    Václav Havel was a Czech writer, philosopher, dissident, and statesman. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia in 41 years. He then served as the first president of the Czech Republic after the Czech-Slovak split. Within Czech literature, he is known ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1936-2011)
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Poet, Politician, Author, Writer, Peace activist, + more
    • Credits: Up and Down, The Stone Bridge, Leaving, Kazdy mlady muz, Inventura, + more
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    Viktor Dyk
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    Viktor Dyk was a nationalist Czech poet, prose writer, playwright, politician and political writer. He was sent to jail during the First World War for opposing the Austro-Hungarian empire. He was one of the signatories of the Manifesto of Czech writers. Dyk co-founded a political party and entered ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1877-1931)
    • Birthplace: Mělník, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Poet, Politician, Journalist, Novelist, Playwright
    • Credits: The Pied Piper
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