The Gambler

Based on Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
Directed by Michal Hába

frantic theatrical roulette

Is this still Dostoyevsky? Is this still theatre? This is a production by the controversial director Michal Hába based on Dostoyevsky’s novella. Russian ecstasy, European provocation. And what came first – the chicken or the egg?

In his novella, where he utilized his own experience as a gambler, F.M. Dostoyevsky settles accounts with Western thought. Gambling, debts – these are things that the main character, Alexei, hates, yet at the same time he is fascinated by the world of money. He knows what he doesn’t want, but he doesn’t know exactly what he does want – and gambling is all there is to hand. A story of love during the era of late capitalism, which has now been “late” for two hundred years.

stage production team

  • director: Michal Hába
  • translation: Ruda Havránková
  • dramaturgical cooperation: Olívia Fantúrová
  • scenography: Dragan Stojčevski
  • costume designer: Adriana Černá
  • music: Jindřich Čížek
  • stage manager: Lenka Jirků and Nikol Vrbová
  • photographer: Ivo Dvořák

persons and cast


Oct 23, 2018 - provázek.sál


130 minutes, without an intermission