Remembering Václav Havel
21.02.2012 / 18:42
On Wednesday 29 February, an evening of theatre, readings, photographs and music in memory of Václav Havel, former Czechoslovak and Czech president, author, playwright, human rights campaigner and a prisoner of conscience who passed away on December 18, 2011, was hosted by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic and Sir Tom Stoppard at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The evening featured readings from Havel´s works by Jeremy Irons, songs by Czech musician Vladimir Merta, excerpts from Havel’s plays performed by the actors of the Orange Tree Theatre from Richmond, personal testimonials by Ambassador Michael Žantovský and Sir Tom Stoppard, excerpts from documentary films Václav Havel, Prague-Castle by director Petr Jančárek, and Citizen Havel by Pavel Koutecký and Miroslav Janek, and a slideshow of unique photographs of Václav Havel by leading Czech photographers.
Among the distinguished guests of the evening were HRH The Prince of Wales and Mr. Petr Nečas, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, members of both houses of the British Parliament, representatives of the Czech and British governments, ambassadors and high commissioners, representatives of Czech organizations in the UK and members of the public.
Sir Tom Stoppard on Václav Havel (RIBA, February 29)
PM Nečas, Ambassador Žantovský and The Prince of Wales, RIBA, February 29, 2012
Ambassador Žantovský remembering Václav Havel
PM Nečas, The Prince of Wales and Ambassador Žantovský at a reception in RIBA
Musician Vladimír Merta with his daughter Sara singing about woman´s intuition
Jeremy Irons, Michael Žantovský and The Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales greeting Sir Nicholas Winton
Architect Eva Jiřičná with the Prince of Wales
Ambassador Žantovský and the Prince of Wales
Jeremy Irons and Jana Přikrylová