Jozef Hollý



The best-known Slovak comedy for the first time on stage the SND. Kubo as a defenceless and adorable simpleton, or a dangerous individual capable of everything?

The new SND building, Drama hall
4. 4. 2020 5. 4. 2020 19. 9. 2020 20. 9. 2020

Schedule of performances

Thursday 9. 9. 2021
19:00 h 20:30 h
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Friday 10. 9. 2021
17:00 h 18:30 h
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“Ancha, look, I’ve got a knife,” warns the most famed line from the popular comedy. It is a piece that its author, the Protestant pastor Jozef Hollý has never written. The acclaimed Slovak actor Jozef Kroner brought it to fame, first in the production at the theatre in the city of Martin, as directed by the son of the author. Yet the title definitely entered public mind owing to the televised production directed by Martin Ťapák. Mr Kroner made his character of the village simpleton Kubo, the architype of a comic character. Kubo brings to laughter his fellow characters, but also the audience. This production of Hollý’s master somewhat omitted the other side of the story rooted in Slovak countryside: selfishness, cynicism, cruelty of the characters, the fact that Kubo is actually a trading commodity, a man whom they want to use for their own benefit. This is the angle that came to the fore in the production at the theatre in Martin, as directed by Ľubomír Vajdička. In the jubilee season, the SND Drama Company reached for this piece from the opus of Slovak classics. Astonishingly, Kubo has never made it to our prime stage before. The stage director Lukáš Brutovský staged at the SND a successful production of Midnight Mass by Peter Karvaš five years ago. Now he used, yet again, local source to offer a new take on Hollý and the story of Kubo … indeed, a story that is very much about us. It is likely to speak of the perils we face when fools and simpletons find themselves in the posts they don’t belong to.

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes, no interval

A number of spectators make the première night extra special – ladies especially like to make most of the event and shine in their finest gown or little black dress.

"We kindly ask our esteemed spectators to respect dress code: business casual."

Production Team


MARTIN BEČELA, richtár František Kovár
Anna, his wife Anna Javorková
KUBO, ich syn Milan Ondrík
EVA KOŠÁRIKOVÁ, bohatá vdova Jana Oľhová
ANIČKA, jej dcéra Jana Kovalčiková
ŠTEFAN, gazda u Košáričky Dušan Jamrich
PAĽO, mládenec, rodina Štefanova Richard Autner
LOVECKÝ, vdovec Emil Horváth
DORA, cigánka Ingrida Baginová (as a guest)
HUSÁRSKY KAPITÁN Branislav Bystriansky
MARTIN, Paľov kamarát Michal Kinik (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
JURKO, Paľov kamarát Roman Finik (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Adam Jančina (as a guest)