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On our main stage The Champion written and directed by Béla Pintér opens in 19 March."Last year Gábor Máté invited me to direct at the Katona József Theatre. I asked for time to consider. One evening, on the balcony at home, I was istening again to Puccini’s opera Il tabarro, when suddenly a story set in modern-day Hungary occurred to me. I accepted the invitation.

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The Champion | Photo credits: Judit Horváth

After rewriting the original text, the contrast between the glorious music and profane content provides a constant source of humour. At the same time, the natural speech and gestures make the harrowing content more accessible."
, said Mr. Pintér about his debut in Katona.

Parallel As you like it by William Shakespeare premieres in Kamra. Guest director Dániel D. Kovács directed this all-time drama classic with a modernised text (by writer Péter Závada) and an inventive visual presentation.

Both productions will be regularly on show from March.