13. 12. 2022


The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj celebrates its 230th anniversary on December 17.

"On December 17, 1792, the National Playwrights' Society began its performances with the presentation of A titkos ellenkezés or The Secret Resistance, marking the beginning of a continuous Hungarian language theatrical life in Cluj. In October 1792, the noble acting youths led by János Fejér, namely József Kontz, János Sáska, Pál Jantsó, Mihály Verestói, János Fejér's siblings István and Rozália, Terézia Kis, and Terézia Keszeg, submitted an application to the Royal governance and the Parliament for the right to perform plays written in Hungarian in Cluj and anywhere else in Transylvania." - writes Erzsébet Salat-Zakariás.

To mark this momentous occasion, on Saturday, December 17, the company of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj has scheduled a full day of events.

From 11 am, visitors interested in the history of the theatre will be able to take part in a guided tour led by Erzsébet Salat-Zakariás.

The route of the tour is the following: Rhédey House - Kogălniceanu Street - Házsongárd Cemetery - National Theatre of Cluj (Hunyadi Square Theatre) - Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (promenade theatre). On arrival at the former site of the stone theatre on Kogălniceanu Street (Auditorium Maximum), a memorial wreath will be laid.

From 1 p.m. in the upstairs foyer of the theatre, under the title Moments from the history of Hungarian theatre in Cluj, visitors can attend the book launch of Adrienne Darvay Nagy's book Szín játék - Directed by János Taub and the presentation of the forthcoming book HOGY TÜKRÖT TARTSON - Gábor Tompa's Hamlets and Transylvanian reteatralization.

Both events are open to the public, no pre-registration is required.

From 8 pm, audiences will be able to enjoy László Béres' staging of Ancestral Comfort, a performance that is both connected to the 125th anniversary of the birth of Áron Tamási and is also a worthy celebration of these 230 years of Hungarian-language theatre in Cluj, as Tamási submitted his play anonymously to the drama competition of the Cluj theatre led by Jenő Janovics in 1924, receiving a worthy mention.

Tickets for the performance of Ancestral Comfort are available at the theatre's box office (weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm) and online at www.biletmaster.ro.