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Sándor Petőfi

Sir John

Four peculiar wayfarers arrive at the Western Railway Station, their baskets full of puppets. As they begin to play, the passersby stop to watch, enchanted by the tale. Before their eyes, one of the most profoundly beautiful epic poems of Hungarian literature comes to life, presented in its original form. The audience is invited to share the adventures of Sándor Petőfi’s immortal heroes and heroines: Johnny Grain o’ Corn and Iluska, the French Princess and the wicked stepmother, the hussars and the giants. Let us join Johnny as he fights the rogues, the Turks and the witches, defeats the bear, the lion and the dragon to finally save the French Princess and become Sir John. Let us fly with him to Fairy Land where he finds his true love, Iluska, and where all our dreams may come true!

Duration: 120 minutes, one interval

Performed by:
Johnny Grain o’ Corn, Sir John: Tamás Mészáros 
Iluska: Kata  Nagy 
Stepmother: Bea Tisza 
Master, Giant: László Gazdag 
Father of Iluska apja, Rouge, Helmesmen: Szabolcs Ruszina 
Mother of Iluska anyja, French Princess, Menyecske: Melinda Megyes 
Nap, Hold, Kutyafejű tatárok fejedelme: Éva Farkas
Potter, Fisherman: Szabolcs Ruszina 
Narrators: Éva Farkas, Melinda Megyes, Szabolcs Ruszina,  Ágnes Török 
Leader of the hussars, griff: Károly Szívós 
French King, Giant: István Mult 
Son of the Turkish pasha, Giant: Gyula Kormos 

Contributors on instruments:
Mihály Sipos – vioin, zither, gardon
Gábor  Kecskeméti – flute
Szilveszter Bornai – percussion instrument

Written by: Sándor Petőfi
Dramaturge: Péter Horváth 
Scenere, costume, puppets: Klaudia Orosz
Puppeteer: Károly Szívós
Choreographer: Bea Tisza
Assistant of the production: Andrea Hajsz
Directed by: János Novák