Not for 22 years in Hungary, and 157 years in Debrecen, has an institution been built specifically to serve as a home for theatre. The 9,000-square-metre facility has three multifunctional, accessible theatre spaces: the Zoltán Latinovits Hall can seat 350 people, the Árpád Kóti Hall 150 people, and the Asymmetry Restaurant has also been designed to host theatre productions.
The Csokonai Forum is a HUF 5.9 billion investment, financed by the European Union, the state, and the municipality, following Hungarian-Romanian cooperation.
The company of the Csokonai Theatre has taken its place in the new theatre building named the Csokonai Forum. The long, multi-stage process of moving was finally completed in August, and as a result, audiences can now look forward to a brand new venue for the season starting in September – not only for our recent performances but also for popular plays from previous years.
The Upcoming Performances
Firstly, not so much a novel, but rather a Greek tragedy of fate, the reassessed and rewritten childhood of Magda Szabó is brought to life in Für Elise, a stage adaptation by Anna Ráckevei, which will be staged for the first time on 1st September in the new Csokonai Forum in the Latinovits Zoltán Hall.
On 9th September, the audience will be treated to a true romantic comedy, the incredible story of a small town, The Nameless Star, with Zsolt Csata and Imelda Hajdu in the main roles.
Through the astonishing and wonderful stories of Lina and Teresa, András Visky explores the relationship between body and soul, and our personal relationship with our own bodies, in the first episode of The Stories of the Body, which will be screened on 13th September.
The sensitive play, which approaches the plight of women from many angles, will be performed by Mariann Hermányi and Hella Tolnai in the Kóti Árpád Hall of the Csokonai Forum, while Toldi will finally be performed for a live audience on 22nd September. In addition to the new productions, Csokonai Theatre will also be staging audience favourites such as The Game in the Castle, The Clown for Dinner, Edmond, and The Boys from Pál Street.
Theatre artists invite you to a theatre walk in the new theatre of Debrecen, the Csokonai Forum.
The free tours will take place daily between 24th and 27th August, – Details are below.
On 24th August
- 4:00 p.m. Anna Ráckevei
- 5:00 p.m. István Papp
- 6:00 p.m. Anna Vékony
- 7:00 p.m. Kinga Újhelyi will guide the visitors, talking about their season’s roles and the rehearsal process.
The dates of the next visits are:
On 25th August (Thursday)
- 4:00 p.m. Ibolya Mészáros,
- 5:00 p.m. Árpád Bakota,
- 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Bence Pálóczi,
26th August (Friday)
- 6:00 p.m. Ibolya Mészáros
- 7:00 p.m. Anna Vékony
- 6:00 p.m. Zsuzsa Lehőcz
- 7:00 p.m. Ibolya Mészáros will guide the audience through the new theatre building.
Groups of up to 20 people are welcome to register at firstname.lastname@example.org. The programme is free of charge. The tours start from the main entrance of the Csokonai Forum (4024 Debrecen, Csapó u. 30.).