An Intro to Hungarian Theatre

Attila Szabó      

With a population of just under 10 million and an area of 93 thousand square kilometres Hungary ranks among the small countries of Europe. Nonetheless, it can boast with a rich cultural life and theatre system, where yearly about five million theatre tickets are sold. Budapest, the bustling capital city stretching on both sides of the Danube, is also the prime hub of cultural life, giving space to roughly the half of all the theatres in the country. With its 1.7 million inhabitants it clearly dominates both the established and independent performing arts sector. There are 25 major theatres in Budapest, and about 100 independent/alternative theatre groups and 25 dance companies are also based in the capital.

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