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Sándor Weöres

Psyche 18


National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Director: Attila Vidnyánszky

2 hours 20 minutes, without breaks.

Revolt, liberty, love. Love which is both liberating and deadly, giving wings and breaking, destroying. Psyché, a work of extraordinary exorbitance, is about this. It is the repository of all of the inscrutable secrets of poet Sándor Weöres, whose lewd yet modest eroticism is as captivating as his profound understanding of human beings.

The production, which was created in the National Theatre, leads the audience into this poetic world. In the summer of 2015, the budding class of actors studying with Attila Vidnyánszky at the University of Kaposvár presented the open-air version of the production, which was a great success, at the Gyula Castle Theatre.

From amidst temptations and apparitions that are both material and spiritual, of the body and of the soul, real and imagined young people speak in very personal voices, in the ephemeralness of the feeling of both proximity and distance. One of the distinctive qualities of the production lies in the fact that every female character is Psyché, not just one, since Psyché is part of every woman, either dozing or ready to break out and rebel in search of liberty and love.

We recommend the production for people 18 years of age and older.


Színészek/Actors: Ács Eszter, Berettyán Nándor, Berettyán Sándor, Fülöp Tamás, Kovács András, Katona Kinga, Barta Ágnes, Nagy Johanna, Krausz Gergő, Mikecz Estilla, Bordás Roland, Roehnelt Zsuzsanna, Kránicz Richárd, Stefánszky István, Vas Judit Gigi


Díszlet- és jelmeztervező/Set- and costume designer: Olekszandr Bilozub/Oleksandr Bilozub

Ügyelő/ stage mistress: Kabai Márta, Géczy István

Eszter Ács

Nándor Berettyán

Sándor Berettyán

Tamás Fülöp

András Kovács

Kinga Katona

Ágnes Barta

Johanna Nagy

Gergő Krausz

Estilla Mikecz

Roland Bordás

Zsuzsanna Roehnelt

Richárd Kránicz

István Stefánszky

Judit Gigi Vas

Stage and costume design

Bilozub Olekszandr

stage manager

Márta Kabai

István Géczy


Attila Vidnyánszky

Kaszás Attila Stage
Attila Vidnyánszky

Attila Vidnyánszky

Hungarian theatre and opera director, teacher.

He was born in Berehove (Ukraine) in 1964.

He graduated in Hungarian literature and linguistics from Uzhhorod State University (1985). He taught literature and history for two years. In 1992, he graduated in theatre directing from the Karpenko-Kary State Academy of Theatre and Cinema in Kyiv.

In 1993, he founded his own company, the Gyula Illyés Hungarian National Theatre in Berehove, of which he is still the Principal Director.

In 2004, he was appointed Principal Director of the Hungarian State Opera House. In 2006 - 2013, he was Director of the Csokonai National Theatre in Debrecen.

Since 2013, he has been the Director General of the National Theatre. In 2014, he founded the National Theatre's MITEM festival (Madách International Theatre Meeting).

Since 2023, he has been a member of the International Theatre Olympics Committee and Artistic Director of the 2023 Budapest Theatre Olympics.

He has also directed at the National Academic Theatre in Kyiv (Leszya Ukrayinka Theatre), the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St Petersburg) and the Hungarian State Opera House.

His performances have toured Europe from Stockholm to Moscow and Tbilisi, from Strasbourg to Nancy and Kyiv.

He has received many awards, including Ukraine's Artist of Merit (2002), the Meyerhold Prize (2009, Moscow) and the Kossuth Prize (2011).

His films include Liberté 56, The Boy Who Turned into a Deer.

He has taught acting at the Karpenko-Kary State Academy of Theatre and Cinema in Kyiv and at the University of Kaposvár. Since 2020, he has been the master of a directing class at the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest.

He has been a member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts since 2005. In 2008, he co-founded the Hungarian Theatre Society and has been its President since. Between 2010 and 2013, he also served as Chairman of the Theatre Arts Committee under the Minister of Human Resources. Since 2020, he has been Chairman of the Board of the foundation operating the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest.

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