Date:1970.01.01 | Duration: 110 Minutes 14+

József Katona – Borbála Szabó: Bánk

Bánk bán is our great national drama, compulsory reading at school, whose language blends archaic forms with innovations of the 19th century. Consequently, irrelevant, boring and incomprehensible. However, what if our adolescent reading experiences have tricked us? What if the drama by József Katona, born exactly 230 years ago, is not irrelevant at all, not boring or incomprehensible, but the exact opposite? For some reason, theatres stage the play again and again. There is something about this drama that does not let future generations rest – and why these future generations do not let Bánk bán rest, either.

For example, contemporary spectators might find it surprisingly familiar what sort of private and political conflicts, social problems the characters of a 13th-century story had to face: on one side, the homeland, power struggle, and social injustice, on the other, love, jealousy, and family. These questions, vital to us all without respect to age, are discussed by the Bánk bán performance of Kabóca Puppet Theatre, Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre of Timişoara and Petőfi Theatre of Veszprém, in Borbála Szabó’s exciting modern “translation”.

Photo: Roland Peka

Photo: Peka Roland

Dramaturge: Orsolya Nagy
Set designer: György Árvai (Jászai Mari Award winner)
Costume designer: Edit Szűcs
Composer: Hanna Cseri
Prompter: Marika Czumbil
Stage manager: Éva Kertész
Assistant director: Imola Gidófalvi
Director: Róbert Markó

Endre II, king of Hungarians: Attila Balázs (Jászai Mari Award winner)
Gertrudis, his wife: Enikő Éder
Ottó, Gertrudis’ younger brother: Patrik Miller
Bánk bán, grand lord of Hungary: Hunor Sebestyén invited guest artist
Melinda, his wife, Gertrudis’ lady in attendance: Dorottya Lucia Taba
Mikhál bán, Melinda’s older brother: Géza Aszalos
Simon bán, Melinda’s older brother: András Csaba Molnos
Petur bán, lord lieutenant of Bihar: András Zsolt Bandi
Master Solom, educator of the young / Hungarian nobleman: Gábor Csörögi
Izidóra, girl from Thuringia, Gertrudis’ lady in attendance: Zsuzsanna Benkő
Biberach, stray knight: Csongor Berta
Tiborc, peasant: Andrea Tokai

The co-production of Kabóca Puppet Theatre, Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre of Timişoara and Petőfi Theatre of Veszprém.
The performance has been supported by the National Culture Fund of Hungary.