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The Scourge of God

Based on Miklós Bánffy's play, The Great Lord

The Scourge of God

National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Director: Attila Vidnyánszky

Due to the show’s special start and the custom-built auditorium, the doors will only be opened 5 minutes before the start.

3 hours 10 minutes with 1 breaks.

Attila, King of the Huns is at the pinnacle of his power: he has conquered half the world, but he has not destroyed Rome. Even the Goths submit to him. Gothic Princess Mikolt is seething with hatred and seeking revenge for the killing of her parents and the subjugation of her people. Through clever ruses, she makes Attila fall for her, and kills him on the wedding night. Deep beneath her frenzied thirst for revenge, she harbours a passionate love for him, too. Attila’s murder and death are the first and last moment of quenching her lust for vengeance and for a passionate embrace.
If we look at our present, we see millions of migrants drifting from one country to another, from continent to continent, in search for work and a better life. Hundreds of thousands are forced to leave their homes because of wars or hunger, looking to start life anew. In its historical dimension, the dramatic convergence of East and West is repeated one more time. Can we retain our roots and our very selves, or will the pressure force new national identities upon us, for the sake of peace and integrity? This play, however, is not about our present. We propose to put this issue into a historical perspective and discover the role of the individual person, cast into these restless times.
The Warlord Attila

László Mátray m.v.

Mikolt princess

Estilla Mikecz m.v.

Prioress Eirene

Ildikó Bánsági

Berik, Gothic prince

Lajos Ottó Horváth

Archimandrite Euthymos, Byzantine envoy

Ádám Schnell

Zerkon, jester

Gyula Bodrogi

Ataulf, Gothic warrior

Tibor Fehér

Hylarion, a Manicheist

Gábor Bakos-Kiss

Kurkut, the ogan khan

Dénes Farkas

High Shaman

Tamás Olt m.v.

In the Shaman woman’s role, Éva Kanalas performs her own songs

Kanalas Éva m.v.


Nándor Berettyán


Martin Mészáros

Edek, a messenger

Márk Nagy


Sándor Berettyán

Hun warrior

Roland Bordás

Stage and costume designer

Bilozub Olekszandr


Zsófia Rideg


Kati Gróf

Stage manager

István Géczy

István Lencsés

Krisztián Ködmen

Assistant director

Rita Herpai


Attila Vidnyánszky

Main Stage
Attila Vidnyánszky

Attila Vidnyánszky

Attila Vidnyánszky was born in 1964 in Berehove, Ukraine. He graduated from the College of Film and Theatre Arts in Kiev. He was the founding artistic director of the Hungarian National Theatre in Berehove. In 2004, he was appointed main director of the Hungarian State Opera House. In 2006, he was made the artistic director of the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen, and in 2013 he became the director of the National Theatre in Budapest. In 1990-1997, he taught at the College of Film and Theatre Arts in Kiev, and at the moment he is the artistic deputy director and head of the acting department at the University of Kaposvár. Since 2008, he has served as the founding president of the Hungarian Theatre Society. He has worked in the Theatre of the National Academy in Kiev and in theatres in Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, and Italy. His productions have been performed at prominent international festivals, such as the festivals in Toruń, the Moscow Theatre Olympics, Festival Passages, the International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival, Nowruz, GogolFest, and the Festival de l’Imaginaire. He has won numerous awards, including the Meyerhold Award of the Meyerhold Centre in Moscow.

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Participating countries: France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine