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Nemzeti Táncszinház (National Dance Theater)

Nemzeti Táncszinház (National Dance Theater) Review

This former Franciscan church was transformed into a more secular royal venue in 1787 under the supervision of courtier Farkas Kempelen. The first theatrical performance in Hungarian was held here in 1790. Heavily damaged during World War II, the theater was rebuilt and reopened in 1978. While the building retains its original late-baroque facade, the interior was renovated with marble and concrete. It is now used for performances of Hungarian contemporary dance, including ballet, as well as concerts—sometimes by popular folk bands. There's usually an art exhibit or a historical exhibition in its foyer—often theater-related, such as a display of costumes.

    Contact Information

  • Address: District I, Színház utca 1–3, Castle District, Budapest | Map It
  • Phone: 1/201-4407; 1/375-8649
  • Cost: Free (to exhibits in foyer)
  • Hours: Daily 1–6 (foyer exhibits)
  • Website:
  • Metro M2: Széll Kálmán tér then the Várbusz.
  • Location: Castle Hill
Updated: 06-22-2011

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