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Crime and Punishment (Fjodor Michajlovič Dostojevskij)

Michal Dočekal

Adapted for the stage: Michal Dočekal and Iva Klestilová
Hungarian text: János Térey
Lyrics: Miklós Vecsei
Directed by: Michal Dočekal
Set design: Martin Chocholoušek
Costumes: Sylva Zimula Hanáková
Music: Michal Novinski
Chorus director: Dávid Mester
Lights: Balázs Csontos
Dramaturgy: Diána Eszter Mátrai

Cast:
Raskolnikov: Ákos Orosz
Porfiry: András Stohl
Katerina Ivanovna: Enikő Börcsök
Marmeladov: Károly Hajduk
Sonya: Kata Bach
Mother: Barbara Hegyi
Dunya: Éva Bata
Svidrigailov: Tamás Lengyel
Razumikhin: József Wunderlich
Luzhin: Péter Telekes
Mikolka: Miklós Vécsei
and Márta Gilicze and Márk Ember

Premiere: 15th October 2016

Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky is the greatest depictor of the human soul. His famous crime novel tells the story of a brutal murder and the investigation that follows. Is there a situation that allows, or even demands the killing of a human? The question not only fascinates Raskolnikov, but it is equally important for us in a world wounded by raging wars and terrorism.

Michal Dočekal, artistic director of the Czech National Theatre drama company, and dramaturg Iva Klestilová produced this new stage version of the novel especially for the Vígszínház. The Hungarian text is the work of the brilliant writer, János Térey. With this performance we wish to pay homage to the great Russian director, Jurij Petrovics Liubimov, who was born 100 years ago. Ákos Orosz as Raskolnikov creates an expressive study of a proud and unhappy man who, despite having committed a crime, has not lost his dignity and in the end logically accepts Sonya’s appeal to take part in joint prayer. András Stohl portrays Porfiry as a thorough police ‘hunter”, with elements of sadistic thoroughness. We applauded Tamás Lengyel, who plays Svidrigailov, as Khlestakov in Pilsen three years ago, in the same company’s production of The Government Inspector.

Michal Dočekal, born in Prague, was already working as an actor and director in the theatre A Studio Rubin during his high school studies. Later on, between 1985 and 1991 he studied stage directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and spent half a year in London. From 1991 to 1994 he directed at the Kaspar Theatre Company, where he staged the works of Kleist, Tirso de Molina and Goethe. In 1994 he became the artistic director of the Comedy Theatre in Prague which won the Theatre of the Year award in 1996 under his direction. There he directed Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, Shakespeare’s King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice. In 2001, he made a legendary production of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus: he staged the play in the underground of Prague’s Vyšehrad fortress. In 2002, he became the artistic director of the National Theatre in Prague´s drama company where he debuted with Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, then he staged Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Molière’s The Miser, and Shaw’s Pygmalion as well as August: Osage County, Mikveh, Waiting for Godot, and The Inspector General. He has already staged three other plays in Vígszínház before Crime and Punishment: Mikveh by Hadar Galron (2010), The Good Person of Szechuan by Bertolt Brecht (2012) and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. He has also directed in Slovakia (e.g. A Streetcar Named Desire at the Slovak National Theatre) and Romania (Kafka´s America at the State Theatre of Cluj).

Vígszíhnáz One of the most prestigious drama theatres in Hungary, founded in 1896 and still considered one of the most important cultural institutions in Hungary. It has survived financial difficulties, world crises, World Wars, dictatorships and revolutions, not to mention the siege of Budapest, during which the theatre was hit by a bomb (1945) – the theatre continued to play to packed houses after it was rebuilt in 1951. In 1961, the Vígszínház was given back its legendary name. From 1985 to 2009, with László Marton and from 2009 with Enikő Eszenyi at the helm, the method and aim has been the same: to always speak in a contemporary manner, and to always speak to the audience. Vígszínház is a people’s theatre and an art theatre at the same time, with a standard company of actors, which performs classical and contemporary, foreign and Hungarian dramas of a wide range of genre and types. The Vígszínház repertoire is sensitive to social problems of the time and society and with its 1100 seating capacity attracts a large audience. The productions of the Vígszínház have been presented all over the world, including at the BITEF, Belgrade, The Seoul Festival of World National Theatres and in Dublin, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Pilsen, Bratislava, Novi Sad etc. An outstanding team of directors works for the Vígszínház on a regular basis, such as Róbert Alföldi, Tamás Ascher, Viktor Bodó, Péter Gothár, János Szász, Michal Dočekal, Gábor Tompa and László Marton. In 2014 the Vígszínház was a partner in an international co-production with the Czech National Theatre and the Slovak National Theatre. The production 1914, directed by Robert Wilson, premiered in 2014 in Prague and received many invitations from all over the world. It met with great acclaim both from critics and audiences, and featured in the programme of the Pilsen festival in 2014.

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