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Győr National Theatre

alias Kisfaludy Színház
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Important events

(detail)02.11.1978 | opening

(detail)05.11.1999 | alteration

(detail)01.09.2000 | Kisfaludy Hall opening


This the first building in Hungary after World War II designed and built specifically for theatrical purposes. The decision to erect the theatre building was made in 1964 by the town council of Győr and the plot was marked out in 1966. Construction started in the summer of 1972 and the inauguration took place on 2nd November 1978. The plans were made by the Győri Tervező Vállalat, the designing architects were Kálmán Vincze and János Harmati, the interior designer István Horváth. 35 Hungarian enterprises worked on the building, roof elements were brought from Bratislava, stage technology from Austria. The character of the building is set by its central main body, which incorporates the audience access areas and the block of the main stage. This block was shaped with a wire roof covering. The main entrance of the theatre is in Czuczor street. The audience seats nearly 700, composed of only one, undivided field. The decorative “op art” wall design by Victor Vasarely (Vásárhelyi Viktor) on both sides of the building’s exterior is remarkable. In the foyer the monumental ceramic image by Endre Szász can be seen. On the festive opening of national importance the play Fáklyaláng (Torch-flame) by Gyula Illyés was staged.

The theatre had worked under the name of Kisfaludy Színház until 1991, when it was renamed National Theatre of Győr.

In November 1999 the building was enlarged with a scene shop unit, where the paint shops, costume shops and warehouses were moved.

On 1 September 2000 the Kisfaludy room was inaugurated, the studio hall of the theatre.

By today the reconstruction of the building has become unavoidable. In 2005 a design competition for renovation was carried out but its realization is still a question of the future.



Architectural description

The form of a shell or a ski-rampart makes the building roof interesting. The highest point of the roof emerges above the flyloft. The main entrance through the structure of glass curtain plain opens toward the square; that is actually an inside and an outside place at the same time. From the entrance we arrive in the foyer from where we can also reach the cloakroom.

On the two sides of the stairs we reach the first floor foyer and from here we can get into the especially steep sloped auditorium. This solution recalls the folk theatre style at the turn of the century. The auditorium is fan-shaped, which means that nearly every member of the audience is sitting facing the stage, and hence it could  provide an equal visibility for everyone.

In the mass behind the stage were placed the service areas, the management, and the changing rooms.  Two large scale side-stages are connected to the main stage. In the blocks behind the stage were placed the service functions, management and the changing rooms. 





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