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Acting Legend John Malkovich To Hit The Stage At Next Year’s Budapest Spring Festival

By Tamás Székely // 2016.11.29.

Since time immemorial, there have always been rulers or leaders to whom people attribute supernatural power, omnipotence, or even divine capacities. How is that possible? Why are we like that? Could it be we are so gullible and corrupt? Legendary US actor John Malkovich takes the initiative and explains everything in his new performance “Just Call Me God – A dictator’s final speech”, which will be on stage on 4th of April 2017 as part of the Budapest Spring Festival.


John Malkovich’s new show will be on stage at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in the Palac of Arts (MÜPA) Budapest

Following the “Giacomo Variations”, and “Infernal Comedy – Confessions of a Serial Killer”, which was also performed in Budapest, John Malkovich and Michael Sturminger have made another production of theatre and music, which will have its world premiere at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s futuristic concert hall. Following the premiere of “Just Call Me God – A dictator’s final speech” in Germany, Malkovich will put himself in the shoes of the tyrants of all times in London and at the Budapest Spring Festival, to make us confront the technology of despotism. The musical counterpoint will be provided by organist and conductor Martin Haselböck, who also played an active part in the earlier productions. His selection represents a special cross section of musical history, from Bach, through Messiaen, to György Ligeti.


In addition to John Malkovich, who has some Central European roots due to his Croatian grandparents, many other renowned artists will deliver their masterpieces to the Budapest Spring Festival (BTF), including German painter Georg Baselitz, Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, Italian conductor Daniele Gatti and Berlin’s famous opera company ‘Komische Oper’. At next years’s BTF, which is to be held between 31 March and 23rd April, art-lovers can attend more than 120 performances at 40 differences places across the Hungarian capital. The main themes of the festival will be the 150th anniversary of the Austro-Hungarian compromise, as well as the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary Hungarian music genius Zoltán Kodály.

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