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Margaret Island Theater Stages Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Iconic Musical

Hungary Today 2024.05.08.

The Margaret Island Open Air Theater is preparing for the 2024 season, running from May 19 to September, with a line-up of Hungarian and world stars, premieres, and exclusive productions, reports Magyar Nemzet.

“We are preparing about a hundred events, including major theater performances, thematic days, holidays, children’s days, jazz and wine festivals, Caribbean days, and children’s performances and exhibitions on Saturday and Sunday mornings in the historic Water Tower,” Teodóra Bán, the theater’s executive and artistic director, stressed at a press conference about the program. She noted that on May 19, Pentecost Sunday,

the season will open with the rock opera Gospel of Mary, which will be performed by a new cast.

Before the evening performance, families are invited to a full-day family event in and around the Margaret Island Theater.

Among the main stage performances will be a special production of Jonathan Tetelman’s opera The Great Puccini and a concert by world-renowned violin virtuoso Nemanja Radulović, a performance by Portuguese singer Lura, and a ballet performance of Swan Lake by Ballet Preljocaj. Musical singer Bradley Jaden will perform “Live in Budapest,” and the Vivaldianno orchestra will perform Shining Venice. The production combines music, 3D video projections, dance, light and laser shows in a unique story dedicated to the music of Antonio Vivaldi.

From Austria, the circus production The Freaks Showteam will give the world premiere of their latest show Nova Visionaire, and Spanish dancer and choreographer Antonio Gades’ Carmen will also come to Budapest.

Photo via Facebook/The Freaks Showteam

The Hungarian performers will give a series of jubilee concerts and major theater performances. Pianist János Balázs will be the star guest at the classical Opening Concert in honor of the Day of Hungarian National Unity (June 4), together with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. The conductor of the evening will be Gergely Madaras. The Hungarian Jazz Association and the Margaret Island Theater will jointly stage a major concert featuring some of Hungary’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, and the theater will also organize a weekend-long jazz and wine festival.

The forty-five-year-old band Karthago will be celebrating their anniversary, and Anna and the Barbies have created a special Midsummer Night show to celebrate their twentieth birthday.

Attila Kökény and Viktor Rakonczai will be performing together, the Székesfehérvár Ballet Theater and the Boban Marković Orkestar will be giving a large-scale show called Parade, and the Cotton Club Singers and the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra will be performing exclusively at the Margaret Island Theater this year.

Musical lovers will be treated to the world-famous Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The production, based on the film starring Madonna, will be a joint production of the National Theater of Győr and the Margaret Island Theater, directed by Gábor Bakos-Kiss. The play will be performed only twice.

There will also be a new opera premiere directed by Csaba Káel, who will stage Rossini’s The Barber of Seville as a joint production of the Margaret Island Theater and the Hungarian State Opera.

Furthermore, the French capital moves to Margaret Island in the production Parisian Night (Párizsi Éjszaka). The evening will be full of comedy, flirtation, and love, based on Jacques Offenbach’s most popular melodies.

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Via Magyar Nemzet; Featured image via Facebook/Margitszigeti Színház

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