Since the pandemic-related health restrictions concerning face to face meetings further delay our opportunity to present a live, in person performance to our audiences, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj decided to celebrate World Theatre Day 2021 online.
To mark this momentous occasion, two of our company's celebrated performances will be available online on Saturday, March 27, namely Mihai Măniuţiu's 2003 staging of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, at 5 pm, followed by a 1995 production directed by Gábor Tompa, The Cabal of Hypocrites by Mikhail Bulgakov, presented on the same evening, at 8 pm.
This is also the company's way to pay homage to its honorific member, András Csíky, who was recently awarded the Kossuth Prize for his life's work, and who plays a leading role in both productions - that of Doctor Faustus in Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, and the role of Molière in Mikhail Bulgakov's The Cabal of Hypocrites.
The performances will be posted on the theatre’s Facebook page at the times indicated above, and will remain available until 12 noon on Monday, March 29.
The Cabal of Hypocrites won the Best Director Award (Gábor Tompa) and the Best Set Design Award (Judit Dobre-Kóthay) in 1996, at the "I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre Festival, also earning a Best Director Award at the National Theatre Encounter in Debrecen, where József Bíró was honored with the Best Actor in a Suppporting Role award.
The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj's production of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus won the Best Director of the Year (Mihai Măniuțiu) and Best Actor of the Year (Zsolt Bogdán) awards in 2003, at the UNITER (Romanian Theater Association) Gala. The performance was also awarded the Grand Prize for Best Performance at the Kisvárda Festival of Hungarian Theatres, moreover, Imola Kézdi won the Best Portrayal, Zsolt Bogdán received a Special Best Portrayal, and Cristian Rusu won the Special Best Set Design awards within the same event.