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Budapest national theater ends season with box office record

The Budapest National Theater ended the 2018/19 season with an all-time record of over 113,000 visitors.

“We have a very busy year behind us, we worked a lot and the entire company can be proud of what we have achieved,” Director Attila Vidnyánszky said at the season-closing gala.

The company played a total 391 performances from 101 different productions, took its plays to 28 locations across the country, attended 20 international festivals and held one – its annual Madách International Theater Meeting (MITEM), with the participation of more than two dozen prestigious companies from all around Europe.

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But its biggest single performance was a religious play, Csíksomlyói Passió, a folk version of The Passion of Christ, an open-air show at the Csíksomlyó Catholic pilgrimage site in Transylvania last August, which in itself had 30 to 35,000 viewers.

Title image: Disabled children watch a performance at the Budapest National Theatre (Zsolt Eöri Szabó)

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