Jurányi Incubator House was opened in autumn of 2012. The building was renovated by FÜGE Productions, founded and directed by Viktória Kulcsár. The venue is located on the Buda side, where theatres and cultural venues can be hardly found. The building used to be a school and it is rented from Budapest's City Council. On nearly 6500 m² and 5 levels more than 50 theatre and dance companies and several other organizations have found their home.

Theatre companies like Viktor Bodó’s Szputnyik Shipping Company, Vilmos Vajdai’s TÁP Theatre, György Árvai’s Collective of Natural Art Disaster, HoppArt Company, Gólem Theater, Open Circle Association; or dance companies like The Symptoms, Duda Éva Dance Company, Zéró Balett, Katlan Group and Workshop Foundation are renting offices and/or rehearsal spaces.

These and other groups can show their production in several premises: in a big theatre hall or in a smaller studio. The house includes Hungary’s probably first set design and costume rental service, and there will also work a set design workshop and a showroom.
The Jurányi Incubator House also has a coffee shop and an art gallery, as well.

1027 Budapest, Jurányi u. 1.


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The Katona József Theatre is one of the most well-known theatre companies in Hungary. It was founded in 1982, in a building that was previously used as the studio theatre of the National Theatre. The theatre’s first directors were Gábor Székely and Gábor Zsámbéki (artistic director); since 1989 Gábor Zsámbéki has been its only director. Gábor Máté was the Theatre’s chief stage director between 2001 and 2011, and he became the director of the theatre on 1 February 2011. Performances directed by Tamás Ascher, Péter Gothár and Viktor Bodó can regularly be seen on stage at the Katona. The Katona has a wide range of international relationships, it was among the founders of the Union of European Theatres (UTE), and Gábor Zsámbéki was its president between the years of 1996 and 2002. Now the Katona is also member of Mitos21.

1052 Budapest, Katona József u. 6.


MU Theatre, a 130-seater black box presenting contemporary dance, theatre and music productions from both Hungary and abroad, was established in 1991. Based on a new artistic vision, MU Theatre extended its hosting function in April 2009, including the launch of a theatre teaching program, introductory public discussions on selected performances, and the management of own productions. In the compilation of the repertoire, emphasis has shifted from quantity to quality, thus giving more attention and energy to the hosted artists and creations.
In addition to the presentation of finished productions, MU also undertakes to organize and host workshops, seminars and platforms as well as festivals. 

1117 Budapest, Kőrösy J. u. 17.


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Örkény Theatre is a very young company in the heart of Budapest with a fairly small ensemble of 17 actors. Formerly the studio of the Madách Theatre, Örkény won its artistic independence in 2004 and has been led since by the acclaimed actor-director Pál Mácsai. A full administrative and structural independence was finalized on the 1st of January, 2010.

Surprisingly quickly, basically in two years, the Örkény Theatre has broken the highly commercial tradition of its predecessor. It has found a new and faithful audience for contemporary productions, as well as new and courageous stagings of classical plays. An important part of the repertory is mounting plays that reflect social problems, and these plays vary from ancient Greek tragedies to contemporary foreign avantgarde pieces. The theatre considers its audience a partner and places special emphasis on daring experimentation. The appreciative response is demonstrated in the high ticket sales.

New Hungarian plays are of crucial importance to this theatre. Recent international tours have included the Nitra Festival, the Sibiu Festival, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival, the Subotica Festival, the Reflex International Festival and the TACT Festival, Tokyo. Returning directors include Tamás Ascher, former artistic director of the legendary Kaposvár Theatre and co-founder and director-in-residence of the highly acclaimed Katona József Theatre; László Bagossy, one of the most exciting artists of his generation and Sándor Zsótér, both great advocates of the spoken word and therefore of often more formal and in Hungary still groundbreaking shows; as well as naturally Pál Mácsai.

With one of the best ensembles, brilliant new translations and adaptations by leading playwrights, and a strong visual trademark in sets and costumes, the Örkény Theatre has established itself as one of Budapest’s leading city theatres with a broadening international reputation. Thanks to the integrative, innovative, and sensitive artistic work during the past ten years, it has been rewarded with around fifty festival and critics’prizes so far.

1075 Budapest, Madách tér 6.


In spite of its precarious existence, Stúdió K is the only independent theatre in Hungary that maintains a permanent stage and a permanent company with a repertory while also hosting productions of other independent companies and of students graduating at the University of Theatre and Film Arts and regularly cooperating with several artists on various projects. A significant number of our performances point out the reasons for specific issues in public life and contemporary society. Besides, we also participate in the public discourse with direct actions, when art is produced not for its own sake but as the means of calling attention to the situation of the most vulnerable groups.

1092 Budapst, Ráday u. 32.


Szkéné Theatre has been working in its present home in the main building of Budapest Technical and Economics University since 1970, more than forty years. This chamber theatre has been the 'alma mater' of the alternative, independent movement in Hungary for decades. Well-known practitioners of almost every branch of artistic life have begun their careers here – theatrical ensembles, dancers, musicians, painters and sculptors and performers have had and still do have today the confidence and the opportunity to try out their talents at the start of their careers. At present the theatre is functioning as a receiving theatre, an open-minded alternative theatrical and artistic base, with no resident company.

1111 Budapest, Műegyetem rkp. 3. II.


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Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest, a receptive venue unique to Hungary, is embedded in the international contemporary scene, where the various genres – theater, dance, new circus, music and other visual arts – are presented in an individual and authentic manner.

The professional program of the institute, operating in a postindustrial space, is organized according to a unified, yet diverse approach, which is experimental and audience-friendly at the same time, based on new directions as well as our cultural memories and providing space for the presentation of both domestic and international artists.

Trafó is a mediating site dedicated to social issues, a platform for establishing values and contexts as well as generating new ideas and productions. Its performances, concerts, exhibitions, community and audience-building programs address a number of different generations, viewers of all kinds open to something new, whilst in its operation devoting special attention to the younger generations. 

1098 Budapest, Liliom u. 41.

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One of the most prestigious dramatic theatres in Hungary, Vígszínház, founded in 1896, and still is considered as one of the most important cultural institutions in Hungary. Its devoted ensemble works to create a balance between traditional values and modern creativity. Vígszínház is a people’s theatre and an art theatre at the same time, with a standard company of actors, which performs classical and contemporary, foreign and Hungarian dramas of a wide range of genre and types. The Vígszínház repertoire is exciting, and sensitive to social problems of the time and society and attracts a large audience. The theatre have had a long tradition to host famed foreign productions and internationally acclaimed artists, like Pina Bausch, Claus Peymann, Peter Brook, Maurice Béjart, the National Theatre of Cluj, the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, John Malkovich in The Confessions of a Serial Killer and the Eifman Balett from St. Petersburg.
The productions of the Vígszínház have been presented all over the world, like on the BITEF, Belgrade, The Seoul Festival of World National Theatres and in Dublin, in Vienna, in Berlin, in Prague, in Pilsen, in Bratislava, in Novi Sad etc.
Still rare in today’s Europe, the Vígszínház with its 1100 seating capacity runs a repertory of an art theatre and this program attracts a large audience.

1136 Budapest, Szent István krt. 14.