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augusztus 23.

The Champion

Based on Il tabarro and other Puccini’s operas

Music: Antal Kéménczy 


Judit Rezes,  Ervin Nagy,  Adél Jordán,  Zoltán Bezerédi, Anna Pálmai, Ferenc Elek, Zoltán Rajkai


Set-design Zsolt Khell
Costumes Mari Benedek 
Director of chorus Gizi Bagó,  Bea Berecz
Music Antal Kéménczy 
Piano Antal Kéménczy, Balázs Futó 
Dramaturg Éva Enyedi 
Assistant Réka Budavári 
Directed by Béla Pintér

“In the spring of 2015, 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 listening again to Puccini’s opera Il tabarro, when suddenly a story set in modern-day Hungary occurred to me. I accepted the invitation. 

I was not familiar with any Hungarian version. I had always heard Puccini’s opera in Italian. Thus, my imagination was unbound, and I could easily
substitute in the characters and situations I had created. Later, reading the Hungarian text, it became completely clear that I did not wish to preserve a single sentence. After all, my story takes place in an imaginary small town in Hungary in the late 2010s, and the language took shape appropriately.

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."

Béla Pintér


19 March, 2016

75 minutes, with no interval


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április 7.

Szilárd Borbély: The Olaszliszka Murder


One of the storylines of this play – that evokes the form of Greek tragedies – deals with the issue of a 2006 lynching committed at Olaszliszka, the other one presents momentums around the disappearances of the provincial Eastern European Jews– in order to deal with the state of today’s Hungarian society. The story of the lynching is connected to Szilárd Borbély’s personal tragedy at several points; primarily concerning the brutality of the murder: Borbély’s parents were victims of a robbery at Christmas of 2000; his mother was killed, his father was seriously injured. Szilárd Borbély died in 2014. His suicide has shaken up the Hungarian literary and public life deeply.

The script of this production was created with using Szilárd Borbély’s dramas, poems, pieces of prose fiction and personal statements, and also reports of court trials.


Victim, 44-year-old Ernő Fekete
His little daughter, 5-year-old Anna Pálmai
His middle daughter, 14-year-old Blanka Mészáros
Chorus leader Hanna Pálos
Rabbi László Szacsvay
A Stranger, with camera Péter Haumann
A Villager János Bán
Judge Ági Szirtes
Prosecutor Alexandra Borbély
Solicitor Réka Pelsőczy
Defendant Bence Tasnádi
Policeman Dániel Baki 
Offender I. Zsolt Dér
Offender II. Endre Papp


Set design Balázs Czieger
Costume Anni Füzér
Mask Zsófia Keresztes
Music Ferenc Kiss
Choreography Máté Hegymegi
Video Marcell Török
Dramaturg Tamara Török
Consultant Zsuzsa Radnóti
Assistant Vera Fejes
Directed by Gábor Máté


9 October, 2015

Length of the production
1 hour 45 minutes, with no interval

augusztus 20.

 Gábor Németh’s adaptation of Szilárd Rubin’s novel „The Holy Innocents”



Alexandra Borbély
Tamás Keresztes
Lehel Kovács
Béla Mészáros
Réka Pelsőczy
Judit Rezes
Alim Adilov
Zsombor Jéger
Pompónia Pálya
Fanni Prohászka
István Dankó
József Horváth
Barnabás Nedár
Ilham Adilov
Zoltán Botka


László Tóth
Gergely Szabó
Gábor Tőzsér

Set-design Péter Gothár
Costumes Ildi Tihanyi
Assistant Judit Tóth 
Directed by Péter Gothár

Between October 1953 and August 1954 five teenage girls disappeared in a small Hungarian city called Törökszentmiklós. The playgrounds turned empty, children were not let go to school alone, some people suspected some Jews, others suspected CIA agents of kidnapping the girls.

Some time later the twenty-year old Piroska Jancsó fell under suspicion. She first said that the girls were raped and murdered by the local soldiers of the Soviet Army, then she confessed to have committed the erotogenic murders alone, moreover, accused her mother of complicity. She was committed to death.

Twelve years later Szilárd Rubin fell in love with the dead girl after seeing her photo. He suspected of a false accusation behind the judgement and started to investigate. He worked on his novel "Holy Innocents", which speaks about Piroska, for more than forty years. It was published in 2012, after the author's death.

Péter Gothár's performance tries to re-enact the investigation, the trial and Rubin's impossible love for Piroska.

Premiere: 14 February, 2014


augusztus 21.

Theatre performance in classrooms by Behind The Glass by Robert Merle



Alexandra Borbély  
István Dankó  
Lehel Kovács  
Anna Pálmai  
András Ötvös  




Dramaturg                               Ildikó Végh
Assistant                                  Vera Fejes



Directed by                            Dániel Kovács D.




Premiere: 28 November, 2013


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