Posted by Eszter Hermann · May 22, 2014

The company of the Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv travels a long way to Hungary to perform the legendary piece, Joshua Sobol’s Ghetto on 27 and 28 May in the Comedy Theatre of Budapest (Vígszínház).



The theatre piece written by Sobol, Israeli playwright, writer and director was first performed in Haifa, back in 1984 and quickly became famous all over the world. Later that year, German director Peter Zadek took it to the stage in Berlin and since then, it has been translated to more than 20 languages. It’s been performed in 66 theatres with great success, travelled around the world from Vilnius to Sydney, from Tokio to London. Ghetto has already appeared in the repertoire of a few Hungarian theatre companies, too;Madách Theatre of Budapest, theatres in Debrecen, Kecskemét, Pécs.


The Cameri of Tel-Aviv is Israel’s largest and most prestigious theatre and has a good relationship with the Comedy Theatre (Vígszínház). The guest performance of the Cameri company in Budapest is part of the Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Year. It holds special significance: 70 years after the Holocaust, an Israeli theatre in the heart of Budapest presents a play that demonstrates the everyday life of Jewsish people in the ghetto. In addition, the performance will be in Hebrew (with Hungarian subtitles).


The story is based on true happenings, is set in German-occupied Lithuania; in 1941, in the ghetto of Vilnius a small theatre that ensured Jewish people’s survival was founded. Sobol’s magnificent, moving and at the same time unsettling play is about the birth and fall of this theatre. It presents how the inhabitants of the streets of the ghetto, despite the inhuman, atrocious conditions, could still preserve their dignity: they believed in the power of art and created a vibrant cultural life around themselves.


The director of the play, Omri Nitzan highlighted that the performance is in fact about the Holocaust, however, it doesn’t focus on death but life and the fight for survival. „Engaging drama, overwhelming theatrical experience, shocking and spectacular performances, excellent cast, unforgettable, must-see show” – that’s how critics described Sobol’s Ghetto.

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