The building of the Grand Theatre was constructed in 1902 and belongs to the significant cultural monuments of the city. It was designed by architect Antonín Balšánek (also the author of the Municipal House in Prague) and the curtain was created by one of the most significant Czech painters of the late 19th century, Augustin Němejc. The capacity of the theatre hall is 444 seats.
The building of the Grand Theatre, one of the first category cultural monuments, is not only a beautiful historical memorial with many theatre legends having performed on its stage, but it is also a living cultural centre of the city and the entire Pilsen region.
The JK Tyl Theatre has four artistic companies that produce about 500 drama, opera, operetta, musical and ballet shows per year. Titles from the repertory of leading world theatre stages alternate with original new productions and Czech premieres of plays by foreign authors. The JK Tyl Theatre also continues to present opera, symphonic, operetta and musical concerts and develops the tradition of Sunday concert matinées.
Apart from theatre productions, the JK Tyl Theatre offers other interesting events.The JK Tyl Theatre is also registered on the cultural map of Europe as the site of the International Festival THEATRE with its first season dating back to 1993.
The cultural season 2014/2015 was opened with a Vendelín Procession organised by the JK Tyl Theatre which invited other cultural institutions and associations from across the region to praticipate. The procession went through the city centre and past both theatre buildings and it has become a new Pilsen tradition, opening a cultural season in the West Bohemian metropolis.
During the 2014/2015 season we also introduced a joint project of the JK Tyl Theatre and the František Křižík School - the Literary Café, which aims at supporting and progressing young literary talents.
On 30 June 2015, the season closed for the first time with A Night With Opera, an open-air opera concert. The event took place at the Lochotin amphitheatre and was very successful, with more than 5,000 visitors. Open-air opera concerts could also become a new theatre tradition in Pilsen.