Ágnes Pálfi – Zsolt Szász

Friendly Hand-Shakes?

A Flash Report on Recent MITEM 2015 Presentations

While this year’s MITEM was underway, one could see en route the Nemzeti (National) day by day how the stone carvers built the pedestal of the equestrian statue of Gyula Andrássy, the first minister of foreign affairs during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, on the concrete core which had been lying there lonely and undisturbed for months.

Ágnes Pálfi – Zsolt Szász

It Has Been a Real Inauguration of Theatre!

A Flash Report on MITEM 2016

Zsolt Szász (b. 1959) has been managing editor of the professional journal Szcenárium since its foundation in 2013, and dramaturge at the National Theatre in Budapest (Vitéz lélek /A Knightly Soul/, 2013; János vitéz /John the Valiant/, 2014; Csíksomlyói passió /Passion Play of Csíksomlyó/, 2017). Formerly he directed two productions at the Attila Vidnyánszky-led Csokonai Színház (Csokonai Theatre, Debrecen): Talizmán /Talisman/, 2008; Csongor és Tünde /Csongor and Tünde/, 2010). He was art director of Nyírbátori Szárnyas Sárkány Nemzetközi Utcaszínházi Fesztivál (Winged Dragon Street Theatre Festival in Nyírbátor) from 1993 to 2013. In cooperation with puppet theatre dramaturge Márta Tömöry he created the Nemzetközi Betlehemes Találkozó (International Meeting of Nativity Players) in 1990. He received several national and international awards as an actor, puppeteer and director of the companies established by himself. For his puppeteering activity he was awarded the Blattner Prize in 2007.

Ágnes Pálfi – Zsolt Szász

Ethnic and / or Professional Identity?

Flash Report on MITEM 2019

In 2014, as preparation for the first MITEM, the March issue of Szcenárium had two quotations by Eugenio Barba chosen as a motto for the professional programme titled Identity – Sacrality – Theatricality, both taken from the 1993 book titled Paper Canoe. The same issue also included an interview with the director made in 1985, that is prior to the regime change, on the occasion of Odin Theatre’s first appearance before the Hungarian audience, by The Gospel according to Oxyrhincus at Szkéné Theatre, in the autumn. Now, having seen the MITEM 2019 productions, we think it is worth taking stock of these dates and the changing of times.

Ágnes Pálfi – Zsolt Szász

Scenes of Imminent Existence

Flash Report on MITEM 2021

Now, that it is April 2022 already, the directors and dramaturges at our theatre are becoming increasingly interested in the focus of the Theatre Olympics to be held in Hungary in 2023. What is the motto that best suggests the present state of our globalized world? What are the universal concepts by which the mission of today’s theatre can be redefined? The Tragedy staged by Silviu Purcărete at MITEM VII, which took place between September 14 and October 9 last year, may even be considered as the harbinger of the Theatre Olympics because the year 2023 will also see the bicentenary of the birth of Imre Madách. So let us start our regular flash report with this production.


The National Theatre has noted the message conveyed by the provocative political performances following the two Lithuanian stage productions ("Between Lena's Legs..." and "Delhi Dance") at MITEM (Madách International Theatre Meeting) on 26 April 2022.

MITEM 2022

Exhibitions at MITEM 2022 in the National

I. TWENTY YEARS AGO - The new National Theatre opened on 15 March 2002. After 165 years, the country's premier theatre found its permanent home in a building actually constructed for the purpose. We commemorate the events of twenty years ago with an exhibition introducing the building and recounting the story of the opening performance.  II. STRAIGHT FROM THE STUDIO - Exhibition by the Visual Design students of MATE Rippl-Rónai Art Institute, Kaposvár Campus


Péter Fekete Minister of State for Culture

Never has it been as important as now to promote the idea of togetherness and of sticking together, when our world is torn apart by war. A war that drives nations apart, forces communities to stay away, and renders values and ideas relative for a time. For a time. Because destruction must be challenged - holding our heads high and demonstrating that art can keep and sustain us.

Official opening of the 8th Madách International Theatre Meeting

20.04.2022. Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Venue: In front of the National Theatre and in the bow (1095 Budapest, Bajor Gizi park 1.) In the bow, you could see an excerpt from our upcoming production of BACCHAE. Then the MITEM flag will be raised to officially start the festival! 

SOLIDARITY DAY FOR UKRAINE - Screening and Concert-performance

24 April 2022, National Theatre

On 24 April 2022, you can also join the National Theatre & Hungarian Interchurch Aid fund-raising project and pledge donations for the refugees fleeing the war. You can donate to the people who need your support by using the National Theatre's charity boxes and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid payment terminals. Download and print your free tickets! 

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