Hungarian Letter of News is a bi-monthly that offers a duel focus with fresh information on both the performance and the cultural/political scenes.  

Produced in collaboration with Szinhaz Magazine in Budapest, our correspondents are Andrea Tompa, Támas Jászay, and Noémi Herczog—all well respected critics and journalists in Hungary and abroad.

As we move into this new year/reality, we believe keeping doors open for people and information is critical.

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CITD Hungarian Letter of News Volume 1 Issue 7
  • International Theatre Prizes: Krétakör (Chalk Circle) and Viktor Bodó

  • The two new shows of Árpád Schilling

  • Theatre Critic’s Award, Hungary 2016

  • Young directors I: Children of Dollar Daddy: A New Approach to the

    Role of the “Director”

  • Young directors II: Andrea Pass & Kristóf Kelemen – Two Young Answers to the Question of Talent and Starting a Career. 

  • Cultural Politics

    • Appointing a Director: A New Ideology

    • SZINHAZ Magazine: From the Brink

  • From Our Side: Bela Pinter US Tour

CITD Hungarian Letter of News Volume 1 Issue 4
  • Controversial Issues: National Theatre Festival in Hungary ‘POSZT XVII.’ – a Festival in the Provinces

  • Political Performances and Intermodality of Árpád Schilling

  • Applied Theatre Projects in Hungarian Provinces: Collaboration with

  • the Roma people

  • Verbatim Theatre and the Memory of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

From Our Side:

  • Csaba Horvath: Blood Wedding at the Wilma

    • Thrilling, brutalizing tragedy of passion and fate – review by

    • John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer
      Shaping Blood Wedding – Walter Bilderback, Wilma Theatre Dramaturg

  • US Theatre Folk Heading to Budapest This Month

  • Vaterland: Csaba Horváth facing the hidden past

  • The Krakken-mission: Viktor Bodó returns to Hungarian stages

  • Richard III lives with us, according to Andrei Serban

  • Garden of the Protected Men opens by STEREO Akt

  • The Alföldi-case – censorship in Hungary?

From Our Side:

  • Albuquerque Gets a Promenade

  • László Upor to New York Theatre Workshop’s Lab at Dartmouth

CITD Hungarian Letter of News Volume 1 Issue 2
  • Edward II – A new show by Róbert Alföldi

  • Diary of a Madman – A new show by Viktor Bodó

  • Controversial Issues I: Park Protectors vs. Hungarian government

  • Controversial Issues II: The Népszabadság story – black day of press

  • freedom?

  • From Our Side: Martin Boross presents Promenade in Baltimore

CITD Hungarian Letter of News Volume 1 Issue 3
  • Bartók: String Quartet no. 5/Concerto – a new show by Csaba Horváth

  • A festival for young and emerging artists – Nextfeszt 2017

  • A festival in preparation – dunaPart 4

  • Controversial issue: Writers protest against the state subsidy of

  • Carpathian Basin Talent Centre

  • From Our Side: Martin Boross’s Promenade: Baltimore and Horváth in Philadelphia

  • Bonus: “You called me, dear Führer!” Béla Pintér: The Champion

CITD Hungarian Letter of News Volume 1 Issue 5
  • Peer Gynt Underground

  • Hungarian Theatre Critics’ Award 2017

  • Árpád Schilling, Enemy of the Nation

  • #MeToo in Hungary: Scandal at the Theatre

CITD Hungarian Letter of News Volume 2 Issue 6
  • dunaPart 4 – Summary and evaluation

  • Hamlet for the next generation

  • Béla Pintér’s new piece at the Katona

  • Róbert Alföldi and the ‘lower depths’: Fassbinder, Tolstoy

  • From Our Side: Budapest comes to Albuquerque

  • Elections in Hungary: Unclear Policies of the New Government, Continuing Devaluation of the Cultural Sphere

  • Liberation from the Male Gaze – Queendom by Veronika Szabó

  • The Poetry of the Absurd – a portrait of Ádám Fekete, young playwright, director, actor and dramaturg

  • Our choreographed life – The Swan by Ferenc Molnár in Örkény Theatre, directed by Csaba Polgár

  • Beyond all boundaries – Sunday by Hodworks in Trafó

  • Controversy: Homophobic Press Campaign around Billy Elliot

  • National Theatre Festival ‘POSZT2018’ Awards Abusive Director

  • The Politician as Artist – Subversive Humor and Performativity in Hungarian Politics

  • Show on Propaganda and Hate Speech: A Market-Day

  • Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Presents: Theatre and Intermediality in Hungarian Independent Shows/TÁP Theatre/DoN’t Eat Group

  • Women’s Reform in Hungarian Show Business

From Our Side:

  • Noémi Herczog’s US Lecture Tour Oct/Nov 2018

  • StereoAkt Making Albuquerque Promenade Nov/Dec 2018

  • Virus in the system - Observers by Kristóf Kelemen

  • Dying is easy, but living is...? -  Vanishing Senses by Andrea Pass

  • Speaking of our secrets - Anniversary Discussions by Béla Pintér

  • New directions at the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre

  • The Great Dictator by Enikő Eszenyi

  • Protests against Orbán - causes and effects

From Our Side:

  • StereoAkt's Promenade in Albuquerque Nov/Dec 2018

  • Noémi Herczog's US Lecture Tour Oct/Nov 2018

  • Howard Shalwitz, Margaret Lawrence, Jarod Hanson, and Philip Arnoult in Budapest Nov/Dec 2018

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  • Péter Halász Award: A New Prize for Experimental Theatre

  • Cruelty and Suffering with a Theatrical Look – Árvácska by Dollardaddy

  • Where is God in The Ten Commandments? – 10 of Csaba Székely in Radnóti Színház

  • What is Happening to You, Independent Theatre? – The Symptoms Reality by The Symptoms

  • Fight for the Soul of Science: Hungarian Academy of Science Under Attack

  • Special Report from Andrea Tompa: Control and Silence: The Abolition of a Tax Law

From Our Side:

  • Béla Pintér at Peabody Opera, Martin Boross with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Árpád Schilling with The Imaginists.

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  • Shaxpeare-wash of Kertész Street – the new piece of Viktor Bodó at Örkény Theatre Budapest

  • Two new pieces of Company Forte and Csaba Horváth: Auto-da-Fé and Away, No Matter Where

  • One Percentage Native American of Látókép Ensemble and Szabolcs Hajdu

  • Roma Heroes: a festival and a production, The Defectives, of Independent Theatre

  • What Comes after the Abolition of the Corporate Tax Donation?

  • A Lifeguard for Hungarian NGOs and the Cultural Scene: Autonomous Culture Tender by Summa Artium and George Soros

  • News from Hungary: the situation of the CEU and the Academy; municipal elections

  • An interview with exiled director Árpád Schilling

From Our Side:

  • 18 Americans at dunaPart in Budapest next week

  • Bela Pinter directs his opera, , in Baltimore, with the Peabody Opera, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 13 – 16 March

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  • The death and rebirth of a University: from SZFE to Freeszfe

  • Theatre in the shadow of the pandemic: the fight of independents and repertory theatres against the pandemic

  • Attila Vidnyánszky is in charge of...

  • A country of theatres of harassment?

  • Gay people on Hungarian stages - no space for them?

  • Interview with Róbert Alföldi on the pedophile law and its possible consequences
  • Theatre professionals in Hungary and abroad mourn the death of Anna Lengyel