Festival date:
2023. 04. 01. - 2023. 07. 01.

MITEM

Festival date:
2023. 04. 01. - 2023. 07. 01.
Host theater: National Theatre of Hungary
Organizer: National Theatre of Hungary
Festival infos

In 2014, the Director of the National Theatre, Attila Vidnyánszky and his colleagues founded MITEM (Madách International Theatre Meeting) with the aim of putting Hungary on the international festival map.

In 2023, MITEM will be both the organiser of the International Theatre Olympics and the central venue of its events. 

Since 2014, MITEM has attracted more than 200 performances from around 30 countries, staged by directors including – but not limited to – Eugenio Barba, Alvis Hermanis, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Valeri Fokin, Rimas Tuminas, Andrei Moguchiy, Silviu Purcărete, Luk Perceval, Thomas Ostermeier, Michael Thalheimer, Robert Wilson, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Valère Novarina, Gábor Tompa, Slava Polunin, and Attila Vidnyánszky.

Several major theatre companies have come to Budapest, including the Piccolo Teatro from Milan, Odin Teatret from Holstebro, Meno Fortas from Vilnius, the Vakhtangov Theatre from Moscow, the Moscow Art Theatre, the Alexandrinsky Theatre from Saint Petersburg, the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theatre from Kyiv, the State Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, and the Berliner Ensemble.

Beside the major – Russian, German and French – nations of the theatre, MITEM has also welcomed Macedonian, Moldavian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovenian, Norwegian, Swedish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Eastern-Siberian Sakha, Tatar, Korean, Lebanese, Algerian, Iraqi, Turkish, and Georgian companies.

There is no competition at MITEM, there are no awards. Instead of the view of the curator, which increasingly has become characteristic of the festival industry of the world and Europe alike, and in place of the standpoint of profitability (the justification of which we do not wish to debate), we have chosen to take a different path with MITEM. We are searching for directors and companies that share our sense of aesthetics, for visionary performances with a dramatic effect, and for creators and artists who explore and renew the theatrical languages and traditions of their own nations.

One of MITEM's main objectives from the beginning has been, where politics figuratively or literally destroys bridges, for theatre to bridge differences in culture, thinking, and worldview; and to generate discussion where politics fails to do so.

For us, gestures made for the sake of understanding others are paramount. They represent the only way to foster and experience a culture of mutual understanding. And that is MITEM’s mission.

Attila Vidnyánszky

founder of MITEM

Edit Kulcsár

chief organizer (since 2017)

Zsófia Rideg

chief organizer (2014-2016)

András Kozma

festival organiser (2014-2018)

2023. 04. 16., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Based on A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Nora
Attis Theatre
2023. 04. 17., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Based on A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Nora
Attis Theatre
2023. 04. 21., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Euripides
The Trojan Women
SCOT - Suzuki Company of Toga
2023. 04. 22., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Euripides
The Trojan Women
SCOT - Suzuki Company of Toga
2023. 04. 24., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Lev Tolstoy
War and peace
National Theatre Belgrade
2023. 04. 25., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Hugo von Hofmannsthal & Sophocles
Electra
SCOT - Suzuki Company of Toga
2023. 04. 26., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
William Shakespeare
Richard III
Tbilisi Theatrical Centre
2023. 04. 26., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Hugo von Hofmannsthal & Sophocles
Electra
SCOT - Suzuki Company of Toga
2023. 04. 27., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
William Shakespeare
Othello
Tbilisi Theatrical Centre
2023. 04. 29., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
William Shakespeare
The Tempest
Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale
2023. 04. 30., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
William Shakespeare
The Tempest
Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale
2023. 05. 04., 19:00
Dance
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Dimitris Papaioannou
INK
Dimitris Papaioannou
2023. 05. 06., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Juha Joleka
The fundamentalist
Teatro de Babel
2023. 05. 07., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Aurora Cano
Moscow
Teatro de Babel
2023. 05. 08., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Conchi León
Emiliano Zapata's women
National Theatre of Mexico
2023. 05. 10., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Yang Zhankun
The Tragedy of Faust
The Central Academy of Drama Beijing
2023. 05. 23., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Romeo Castellucci
Bros
Societas
2023. 05. 24., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Romeo Castellucci
Bros
Societas
2023. 06. 02., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Life is a Dream
Cheek by Jowl
2023. 06. 03., 19:00
Theatre
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Life is a Dream
Cheek by Jowl
2023. 06. 16., 19:00
Circus
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Slava Polunin
Slava's SnowShow
Slava Plounin
2023. 06. 17., 15:00
Circus
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Slava Polunin
Slava’s SnowShow
Slava Plounin
2023. 06. 17., 19:00
Circus
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Slava Polunin
Slava’s SnowShow
Slava Plounin
2023. 06. 18., 15:00
Circus
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Slava Polunin
Slava’s SnowShow
Slava Plounin
2023. 06. 18., 19:00
Circus
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Slava Polunin
Slava’s SnowShow
Slava Plounin