Hampton praises Slovak artists

British dramatist Christopher Hampton arrived in Bratislava to attend the premiere of his play Popol a vášeň (Embers), based on the novel by Sándor Márai, on October 7. Hampton praised the Slovak artists' performance, as well as the Slovak interpretation, which took place at the SND's Hviezdoslav Theatre.

Christopher Hampton.
photo: SND

British dramatist Christopher Hampton arrived in Bratislava to attend the premiere of his play Popol a vášeň (Embers), based on the novel by Sándor Márai, on October 7. Hampton praised the Slovak artists' performance, as well as the Slovak interpretation, which took place at the SND's Hviezdoslav Theatre.

The book and play by the Hungarian writer born in Košice are about the friendship between two 75-year-old men who reunite in a remote Hungarian castle after 40 years. The play's production in Great Britain brought great British actor Jeremy Irons back to the stage after 17 years in the role of Henrik. In Slovakia, Martin Huba performs this role and Dušan Jamrich plays his old friend, Konrad. They pursue the "truth" of what happened with Krisztina, Henrik's beautiful wife, now long dead, whom they both loved. Forty years ago, something

Martin Huba (right) and Dušan Jamrich debate decades-old issues.
photo: SND

mysterious forced Konrad to leave the comfort and company of his best friend and his beautiful wife. Henrik had to wait almost half a century for Konrad to return so he could know the true cause of his friend's sudden departure.

The performance takes place in a quite untraditional setting in which the audience sits on the stage in a circle. The stage is designed to fit the premises in the new building of the Slovak National Theatre on the Danube embankment.


By Jana Liptáková

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