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with subtitles* and
in English!

* The subtitles can only be seen from certain parts of the auditorium,
so book your tickets via e-mail to be seated in the correct area.
For further information and booking please contact: english@orkenyszinhaz.hu


SYLVIA PLATH: THE BELL JAR • with English subtitles
07th 03 Saturday 7:30 pm / 03th 04 Friday 7:30 pm
Esther Greenwood’s life could be the epitome of the American dream. At 20, she arrives in New York, with all the doors opening in front of her, surrounded by a whirl of professional success, receptions and celebrities. Still, she feels incapable of measuring up. She looks for the flaw in herself, and as a result of her merciless self-examination, she is slowly consumed by her worsening anxiety.
Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar is a much-analysed and much-quoted cult classic of the 20th century. In part, the story, inspired by her own life, exposes with brutal honesty the stages of becoming a woman. Yet, it is also a rendering of the transitional period from adolescence to adulthood that is filled with insecurity, an expression of inner fears and a search for self-identity of elemental power.

DIGGERDRIVER – COMING TO LONDON • with English subtitles
12th 03 Thursday 7:30 pm / 06th 04 Monday 19:30 pm
The text of the performance is based on the blog of the Diggerdriver and was edited by László Bagossy and Attila Epres.
“I’m a heavy machine operator. More commonly: an excavator. Here in London: a digger driver. My language skills are barely above basic. I din’t come here to try my luck, but to insure a better life for my eight-year-old child and to earn a decent wage for myself. I could have vegetated the rest of my life till retirement. After all, my job was certain. I’d reached the top of my field. Then, as the years went by, there was less and less in my shopping basket, and I had to pay more and more for it. A sort of hopelessness and lethargy settled in the country, which was downright smothering. When someone leaves his home, it’s like when he leaves the woman he stammered out ‘I do’ for, who somehow after the divorce becomes a stupid whore. There are calm divorces and endlessly bitter ones. Afterwards, though, we like to see ourselves as used-and-abused victims, and we love to tell everyone about it...”

GHETTO SHERIFF • in English language

How can we talk about the biggest trauma of the 20th century, the Holocaust?
According to the renowned director, János Mohácsi and his former students we can do so with the help of Jewish jokes and songs, documents from the 30’s and 40’s, and by reciting them – in pitch darkness. The texts were selected by János Mohácsi and the actors together, predominantly from personal reminiscences. Texts from the film Shoah by Claude Lanzmann as well as many other sources were used, such as case studies, survivor testimonies, literary works, diary notes, historical sources, official reports and personal collections to evoke the historical period and the mood of the time. (80 minutes in total darkness.)

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: HAMLET • with English subtitles*
17th 04 Friday 7:00
Who is Hamlet? That he is the Danish prince, son of the recently deceased king, is certain. All else is an enigma. If something unjust happens to us, we feel justified in taking revenge – naturally, within the confines of the law. But what if there are no legal means at our disposal, because the criminal’s identity is uncertain, and our only witness is a ghost? Who is Hamlet? A lunatic, or a skillful play-actor? A depressed man incapable of action, or just a coward? That he is is the Danish prince, son of the recently deceased king, is certain. All else is an enigma.

ARTHUR MILLER: DEATH OF A SALESMAN • with English subtitles*
25th 03 Wednesday 7:00 pm / 07th 04 Thuesday 7:00 pm 
Willy Loman spends an increasing amount of time in the past, on the border of fantasy and reality. He no longer earns money, and there are no reserves. His sons are good-for-nothing layabouts with big plans that he himself planted in their heads. He also had big plans – money, praise and happiness – but all it amounted to was 300 monthly instalments on the bank’s payment plan. Dreams remained dreams – and they devoured the little future that remained.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: MACBETH • with English subtitles* 

19th 04 Sunday 7:30

The story of Macbeth, a loyal nobleman who - effected by a prophecy - becomes a regicide, is the chronicle of political crime and the development of tyranny. But even more a deterrent parable about the depths of human soul. “It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood”.
Four thespians – two older, two younger – act out all roles of the play in Örkény Theaters, mirroring fates, life periods and life strategies.

04th 04 Saturday 7:00 pm
One of the goals of this spectacle is, by way of interpreting, reinterpreting and paraphrasing a classic held in high esteem, to effectively demonstrate the bizarre, dark, absurd, repellent, grotesque, perplexing, pathetic, stunning, alarming and controversial sides of the characters of the story and, by the same token, contemporary Hungarian reality, and do that while sticking to the form of poetic realism – whatever that means. That is, many a scene features rather obscene, vulgar and profane language, brought to you with unrelenting work and stellar expertise, knowing too well that it is all very much there in today’s Hungary. The clarity of our vision is beyond doubt. Our intentions are strikingly accurate and profound in content. Thus, expect the following items: human corpse, and its hibernation, bones, vomit, spit, nudity, fighting, scenes from an adult film, broken fingers, drug use and trafficking, cooking of poison, burning of flags (NOT), while the word “Jewish” is uttered on one occasion as well as the word “Gyppo”. There will be smoke, strobe light, loud music, harsh sound effects, noise, chaos, dirt and several liters of fake blood.    

* The subtitles can be seen from the balcony.
For further information and booking please contact: english@orkenyszinhaz.hu
1075 Budapest, Madách I. sq. 6.

Have a look behind the scenes! Upon request we can guide a little walk to explore the building and the work of the theater before or after the performance you selected. (The minimum number: 6 guests) For further information please contact: koz@orkenyszinhaz.hu.