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István Örkény

Tót Family

Tót Family

Ukraine • Transcarpathian Regional Hungarian Drama Theatre, Berehove

Director: Attila Vidnyánszky

Performed in Hungarian. On MITEM with English subtitles.

2 hours 30 minutes with 1 breaks.

One day, the commander of Tót’s son, who is fighting on the Russian front, comes to the home of the Tót family in Mátraszentanna. He compels the family to pack up.

Örkény wrote the work with the victims of the disaster on the Don River in mind. Director Attila Vidnyánszky’s production is also not about war in general, but the conflagration of the Second World War specifically. But he goes even farther than Örkény, for in his production the arc of madness stretches all the way to the present. After the soldier songs of the war, the communist marching songs begin, and then the theme music to the television show Dallas suggests that devastation spans different eras. Only the tools and methods change.


Zsolt Trill

Mr. Tót

László Tóth

Mrs. Tót

Nelli Szűcs


Anita Polyák e.h.


József Rácz

Parish priest Tomaji

István Sotér

Professor Cipriáni

Attila Ferenci

Mrs. Gézáné Gizi

Ildikó Béres

The owner of the water-wagon

József Varga


Imre Szabó

Elegant Major

Viktor Ivaskovics

Significant historical figures

Attila Kristán

Natália Gál

Melinda Orosz

Set designer

Bilozub Olekszandr

Costume designer

Csolti Klára V.


András Kozma


Attila Vidnyánszky

Gobbi Hilda 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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