The Csiky Gergely Csiky Theater building in Kaposvár was designed by Ede Magyar and József Stahl in 1911, and since 1955 it has been home to a permanent theater company. The theater was last renovated at the end of the 1980s, but had not undergone any major alterations since then.
The theater has now been refurbished both internally and externally over a three-year period to meet the demands of the 21st century. It now houses a large hall which can hold 450 people, a chamber room for 150 people and a studio room for 50 guests.
The new state-of-the-art stage equipment is the pièce de résistance, which can only be found in a few places in Hungary due to its bespoke and modern design.
The upper stage equipment area has become fully mechanized, and a large drum rotation has been built into the stage with sinks and lifts, which allow for the quick setting of interesting stage sets. All of this, combined with cost-effective lighting and sound technology, greatly enhances visitors’ experience.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán led the dignitaries at the recent opening ceremony and described the new theater as the “pride of Somogy”. Péter Fülöp, Deputy State Secretary of Arts, Culture and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities, said the aim of the theater is to be a permanent and important part of Hungarian theater life.