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The Excursions of Mr Broucek

Author(s): Janacek

David Pountney directs Janacek’s warm comedy of errors, a riposte to the bourgeoisie for their petty ways.

Broucek, a bourgeois landlord from Prague, is the Czech-equivalent of Mr Pooter. (His name translates as Mr Beetle.) He plods away in his humdrum life—until he is swept away on several excursions to get away from the people bother him.

First stop is the moon, followed by a trip to the 15th century during the Hussite uprisings. Alas, he can travel far, but he can’t get away from those irritating people.