Venue and date:
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest – Main Stage
2023. 10. 13., 19:00
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
10th MITEM
A Mester és Margarita - fotó: Eöri Szabó Zsolt

The Master and Margarita

Venue and date:
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest – Main Stage
2023. 10. 13., 19:00
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
10th MITEM
Mihail Bulgakov
Aleksandar Popovski
Stage designer: 
Numen/For Use + Ivana Jonke
Assistant of the stage designer: 
Dóra Riederauer
Costume desginer: 
Jelena Prokovic
Stage adaptation: 
Nejc Gazvoda
Composer, dramaturge: 
Ernő Verebes
Motion tutor: 
Hoffmann Luca
Anna Guczogi
Stage managers: 
István Lencsés, Krisztián Ködmen
Szilvia Kabódi
Assistant director: 
Gábor Vida

The poet Ivan Nikolaevich “Homeless” is taken to a Moscow mental hospital in his underwear, wearing a crucifix around his neck. Utterly confused, he explains to the doctor how he met Satan who is involved in the beheading of a literary man - no one believes him, of course. While in his cell, Ivan receives a secret visit from the mysterious Master, a fellow-patient who knows the story of Pontius Pilate... Outside the asylum, Woland the Devil and his associates wreak havoc in the streets of Moscow; elegant clothes are given away in the theatre and money falls from the sky - the clothes then disappear so people roam the city naked; the money evaporates, too... The Master’s lover also shows up to make a deal with Woland... Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita is uniquely complex, intricate, mysterious, and captivatingly magical.

– We wanted to use this Moscow-Bulgakovian world to present the oppressive nature of the system. We rid the performance of the novel’s “communist” line. Today's liberal capitalist system, the world in which we live, is filled with fear and frustration. Spectators will recognize the system and themselves in it – says director Aleksandar Popovski.

Reading the novel, we shift in time and switch locations with ease, flying with Margarita over Moscow to Woland’s eerie ball. The free shifts through time and space and the switches between real and unreal are also implemented on stage. How? You must see for yourself!

Section: Nemzeti Színház Showcase

Zsolt Trill
Margarita - Júlia Szász / Kinga Katona
Woland - Roland Bordás
Korovjov - József Kovács S.
Azazello - József Rácz
Behemoth - Domán Szép
Hella- Ágnes Barta
Berlioz, Rimszkij - Attila Kristán
Ivan - Martin Mészáros
Stravinski, Kajafás - Ádám Schnell
Jesua - Sándor Berettyán
Pilátus - Zoltán Rátóti / Dénes Farkas
Sztyopa - József Szarvas
Varenuha, Rjuhnin - László Tóth
Luca Badics. Lili Barna, Viktória Jambrovics, Tímea Virga, Nikolett Tóth, János Mató, Dániel Székhelyi, Bálint Szigeti, Botond Vrabecz
Runtime: 180 min
Language: HUngarian with English subtitles
Acts: 2
The Director
Aleksandar Popovski – forrás: Nemzeti Színház

Born in 1969 in Skopje, he graduated as a theatre and film director. He has worked with independent theatre companies and in many of the major theatres of the former Yugoslav republics, mainly Slovenia, as well as in Austria, Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Germany. He has created productions with Hungarian companies, too: in Novi Sad (Serbia) and in recent years, at the National Theatre in Budapest (The Master and Margarita, Don Juan). From the season of 2018/2019, he has been artistic director of the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor. Since 2023, he has been teaching directing at the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest.