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On the basis of the play by Imre Madách



National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Director: Attila Vidnyánszky

3 hours 40 minutes with 1 breaks.

The great drama of humankind by Imre Madách—the playwright after whom our festival has been named—offers the hero of the play, Adam, an ever more comprehensive vision of the passage of time to which we have given the name “history,” from the very beginnings in the Garden of Eden to the distant future. Adam’s “guide,” the devil, who is always quite delighted by his own gift for irony, paints a picture of the future the foundation of which is doubt and the edifice of which is tragedy.

Lucifer mixes both knowledge and cautionary warnings in his attempts to persuade Adam not to accept God’s creation. But the Great Work, which indeed still turns, overcomes skepticism through the experience of continuous struggle, the struggle of both the audience and humanity of the future.

Attila Vidnyánszky, who is now bringing Imre Madách’s great drama to the stage in his fourth production of the work, offers the following characterization of the essence of the play: “This ‘poetic epic’ of humanity is a great spectacle which carries us through the ebbs and eddies of history, from Paradise into the future, but history as Lucifer would show it to us, i.e. as the ‘flitting phantoms of a dream.’ Thus, Madách himself gives the key to the staging: through the illogical logic of a dream, everything that Adam and Eve see and experience becomes livable, everything that brings them hope or leaves them disillusioned. We wish to tell, alongside all the moments of ‘hopelessness’ and the rise and fall of great ideas, of the love which binds two people, the bond between two people, out of which, whether as curse or redemption, our future is born.”


Eszter Ács


Sándor Berettyán

Further Actors

Tamás Szalma m.v.

Also at the Rippl-Rónai Art Faculty of the University of Kaposvár II. year-old actor student:
Bocskai Virág, Dánielfy Gergely István, Gulyás Gabriella, Hege Veronika, Horváth Márk, Kárpáti Barnabás, Kecskés Alexisz, Kovács Vecei Fanni, Móczár Bence István, Pál Péter, Pertics Villő Virág, Posgai Márton, Sikó Koppány, Szeri Martin, Tar Dániel, Tary Patrícia, Urbán-Szabó Fanni

Stage designer

Bilozub Olekszandr

Costume designer

JDS (Jeremias Bianca)


Ernő Verebes


Yvette Bozsik

Stage manager

Gábor Dobos

Krisztián Ködmen


Anikó Sütő

Assistant director

Ákos Trimmel


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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