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The Marionette Company
of the Theater of S & H

Spejbl Spejbl

was made by woodcarver Karel Nosek from Pilsen based on an artistic design of Professor Josef Skupa in 1919-1920. The exact date of Spejbl's first showing on stage is unknown, but it took place in the autumn of 1920 in the Pilsen puppet Theatre where Spejbl appeared as a gymnast on the trapeze as a partner to Kaspárek, a famous character popular with Pilsen audiences, in an encore to a children's play.

Hurvinek Hurvínek

was created to be Spejbl's sole child. The marionette had movable eyes and was made by Nosek's nephew, Gustav Nosek, who was working as a pattern maker in the Skoda Engineering works at that time. At the request of Skupa, Hurvínek's original pearshaped nose was changed into its present form. Hurvínek first appeared on stage together with Spejbl in an encore to an evening performance of the comedy "Honest House" by Rudolf Nesvera played in the Pilsen Puppet Theatre on May 2, 1926. The present figures of Spejbl and Hurvínek were made in 1964 based on a design of Radko Haken, a famous member of the ensemble. His design added more poetical features to the original grotesque figures.

Manicka Mánicka

was made by Gustav Nosek based on a design of Professor Skupa and Jiri Trnka. Mánicka's first play was "Hurvínek's Spring Revue" which was premiered on April 19, 1930 (since April 30, 1930 it has been performed under the name "Shotgun Revue"). The first actor to perform the role of Manicka was Anna Kreuzmannová. She was replaced by Bozena Weleková from 1945 up to 1967 when Helena Stáchová took over. After trying several designs, the figure of Mánicka designed by Zdenek Jurena proved to be best and has been used until the present.

Granny Granny alias Mrs.Katerina

was made by Ivan Moravec in 1971 based on Zdeněk Jurena's design. Granny's design was finalized only after her first appearance on stage during the premiere of "The Trap for Hurvinek" (September 12, 1971, Pardubice). Granny was conceived by Milos Kirschner who wanted to create a female counterpart to Spejbl who would be, along with Mánicka, an artistic companion for Spejbl and Hurvinek. Both female characters are played by Helena Stáchová. As for Mánicka, Stáchová is the third performer while Mrs.Katerina has been speaking through her voice from her very first appearance.

Zeryk Zeryk

was made by Gustav Nosek at the request of Josef Skupa. This lovely dog appeared for the first time in "Hurvínek's Spring Revue" ("Shotgun Revue") on April 19, 1930. As a member of Skupa's professional ensemble, Gustav Nosek was responsible for Zeryk's acting and barking until 1938. His duties were taken over by Frantisek Flajshanz and later by Miroslav Cerný. Today, Zeryk's is played by Miroslav Polák.

Proportions of S+H What are the proportions of Spejbl and Hurvínek?

Small puppets (classical):
Hurvínek 46 cm tall / 1,05 kg
Spejbl 55 cm tall / 1,60 kg

Medium puppets (performance):
Hurvínek 49 cm tall / 1,20 kg
Spejbl 60 cm tall / 1,85 kg

Large puppets (used in stage dialogues):
Hurvínek 56 cm tall / 1,95 kg
Spejbl 76 cm tall / 2,80 kg

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Wheelchair access
is provided.

Those confined to a wheelchair may use a transport ramp to enter the theater. :)