John Malkovich to stage world premiere of The Infamous Ramirez Hoffman in Prague

Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich appears to have taken a shine to the Czech Republic. After performing on stage in Kroměříž this summer, the actor will come to Prague later this year to present the world premiere of his latest show, The Infamous Ramirez Hoffman.

Malkovich staged his one-man show The Music Critic at the gardens of the Czech Republic’s Kroměříž Castle in July to much acclaim. The actor’s performance was the “highlight of the season,” according to Castle officials.

The Music Critic had previously been staged in locations around the world, but Malkovich will return to the Czech Republic on November 11 to stage the world premiere of his latest show.

Few details about the Prague staging of The Infamous Ramirez Hoffman have been released, but it would appear to be another one-man show featuring Malkovich front-and-center. Accompanying musical arrangements will be provided by Anastasya Terenkova.

Malkovich and Terenkova previously collaborated on the stage show Report on the Blind.

The Infamous Ramirez Hoffman is based on the work of Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. The title of the play is taken from the final chapter of Bolaño’s 1996 novel Nazi Literature in the Americas, which was expanded upon in the novella Distant Star.

In both works, an anonymous narrator recounts the fictional story of Ramirez Hoffman: a right-wing writer who uses the cover of the 1973 Chilean coup d’état to launch a multimedia poetry enterprise that incorporates sky-writing, torture, and murder.

The stage version of The Infamous Ramirez Hoffman, starring John Malkovich, will have its world premiere at the Prague Congress Center on November 11.

The Infamous Ramirez Hoffman will be staged in English, likely with Czech supertitles. Tickets for the performance are now available for purchase on Ticketportal, and run from 1490-2990 crowns.

Apart from the July show in Kroměříž and his upcoming performance in Prague, John Malkovich has visited the Czech Republic a number of times.

The actor performed The Infernal Comedy on stage at the Prague Spring music festival in 2011. His hotel room in the city center was robbed during that trip, and the actor lost several thousand crowns in cash and needed to have new documents issued. Thankfully, he doesn’t seem to bear a grudge against the city.

Two years earlier, Malkovich had been awarded a Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Malkovich also starred in the 2017 thriller Unlocked, which was largely shot in Prague, as well as 1999’s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which was filmed on locations across the Czech Republic.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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