National Theatre of Győr

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Győri Nemzeti Színház
Győr 2 - nemzeti színház.jpg
Former names Kisfaludy Károly Theatre
Address Czuczor Gergely street 7.
Location Győr, Győr-Moson-Sopron county, Hungary
Coordinates 47°41′12″N 17°38′10″E / 47.68667°N 17.63611°E / 47.68667; 17.63611
Type Theatre
Capacity 678
Construction
Built 1973-1978
Opened 1978
Renovated 2009
Website
Győri Nemzeti Színház

The National Theatre of Győr is a theatre in Győr, Hungary. Opened in 2 November 1978, it is the main theatre of the Győr-Moson-Sopron region. Until 1 January. 1992, it bore the name Kisfaludy Károly Theatre. In 2008 the number of visitors was 128 283, thus the theatre ranks as the 6th most visited in the country.[1]

Theatre in Győr[edit]

The first stone theatre of Győr

In Győr, just like the rest of western Hungary, the population was majorly German-speaking in the turn of the 18-19th century. Therefore the language of the earliest such enterprises were German, importing theatrical tradition from Vienna. The first plays in the city were religious, conducted regularly in the Jesuit school from the middle of the 18th century, most often in Latin. German plays were played from the late 18th century. After the dissolution of the Jesuit school, the school's refectory was transformed to a theater. From 1768, Felix Berner organizes plays in a permanent wooden structure in the summer periods. Győr's first stone theater was built in 1798 by József Reinpacher in Győrsziget, although the entrance hall was still from wood. This building, expanded in 1830 to a capacity of 600 seats, provided home for German and Hungarian theatre in the city for over 130 years, and was demolished in 1927. The city regained its playhouse in 1937 by transforming a former diary factory to a community centre, including a theatre- and a concert hall. The building was named Kisfaludy Károly Theatre in 1949.

The current building[edit]

In 1964, the MSZMP's Political Committee of Győr-Sopron county decided to build a theatre with around 600-700 seats. After deciding upon the location, the preparations began in 1967. Construction began in 1973 and was finished in 1978. As the new home of the Kisfaludy Károly Theatre, the building features distinct Greek marble slabs, and two 55 x 10 meter large ceramic work of Victor Vasarely, and had its premier on the 2 November. From 1 January 1992 the institution took the name National Theatre of Győr. Major inner reconstructions took place in 2009, renovating the auditorium, passages, and machinery.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Közönségkedvenc a Győri Nemzeti
  2. ^ Felújítás alatt a Győri Nemzeti Színház

Sources[edit]

  • Dezső, Bunovácz. Győr-Moson-Sopron megye kézikönyve. Budapest : CEBA, 2004. ISBN 978-963-9089-94-5
  • [1] Theatre of Győr in the Hungarian Theatrical Lexicon (György, Székely. Magyar Színházmuvészeti Lexikon. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1994. ISBN 978-963-05-6635-3), freely available on mek.oszk.hu

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