Vlastislav Hofman


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(1884–1964) Czech scenographer, architect, and painter. K. H. Hilar engaged him in 1919 to design the sets for Arnos̆t Dvor̆ák's drama The Hussites, a milestone in the history of European stage design (see scenography). Afterwards he worked chiefly for the Vinohrady Municipal Theatre and the Czech National Theatre, Prague, where his designs for Coriolanus (1921), Queen Kristina (1922), Hamlet (1926), and Richard III (1934) were particularly impressive. Hofman was the co-author of Hilar's directorial vision. His sets and costumes were highly expressive and markedly subjective: not a cool background for the play, but a very personal statement about its meaning.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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