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Robot Celebrates 100 Years

The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Czech writer Karel Čapek’s groundbreaking science fiction play “R.U.R.” (Rossum’s Universal Robots). 

Karel Čapek began writing R.U.R in the early 1920s, supposing the world premiere would be at the National Theater in Prague by the end of the year. Therefore, it was published in November 1920 by Aventinum with a cover by Josef Čapek. The original plan was however drastically changed by amateur theater ensemble from the provincial town of Hradec Králové. The group did not respect the postponement of the first night at the National Theater, and the world premiere of R.U.R. thus took place at the regional theater stage, performed by amateur actors, directed by the State Railways inspector on January 2, 1921. It was staged at the Czech National Theatre only on January 25, 1921, more than three weeks later. But it lasted in repertoire there for six following years and the tickets were even sold on the black market.

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