Open-Air Festival in Szeged (2016)
1st of July – 27th of August 2016
The programme for the 2016 Szeged Open-air Festival is set!
The Flying Dutchman, Dracula’s Last Dance, Me and my Little Brother, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, Singin’ in the Rain, Comedy of Errors: these are the productions that the Szeged Open-air Festival has in store for 2016. For the festival’s 85th anniversary next summer, some of the bigest hits from recent years will again be staged on Cathedral Square, joined by three new productions. Tickets sales have begun, with no rise in ticket prices.
In 2016, the Szeged Open-air Festival will be celebrating its 85th birthday. Hungary’s biggest open-air festival was first established in 1931, and ever since has been one of the country’s pre-eminent cultural events and the city’s chief tourist draw and symbol. To kick off this press release announcing the programme for next years, Director Tamás Herczeg reminds everyone that over the course of the 85 years, close to four million viewers have watched 1295 performances of 425 productions at Cathedral Square. The management is celebrating this major anniversary with a special season. Such a long season has not been seen for decades, nor have audience members had the chance to see so many different productions.
Gyula Harangozó, the Festival’s artistic director, has stated that in developing the concept for the jubilee year, they made sure to include on the programme both new productions and the biggest hits from the last few years in order to completely meet the requirements for popular theatre. Every genre will be given its chance to shine under the stars, including opera, dance, operetta, musical theatre, prose drama and symphonic music. The audience will have the chance to watch eight productions, including the Gift Concert, on Cathedral Square this time, of which four are new. With one exception, these are all works that Hungarian viewers would have seen or will be seeing for the first time at the Szeged Open-air Festival.
With interest in Mamma Mia! never waning, the management couldn’t stand in the way of popular demand, and ABBA’s musical will be returning to Szeged for two performances, on July 22nd and 23rd. Along with Mamma Mia!, the audience will also get the chance on July 29th and 30th to watch the previous hit collaboration with the Madach Theatre: Les Misérables, staged with a set of a monumentality that had never been seen before.
The world-known tenor will sing the role of the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman which is the Dóm Square festival’s opening production in 2016.