Theatrical director László Marton passed away
László Marton, Kossuth State Award-winner director, former manager and lead theatrical director of the Vígszínház Theatre in Budapest as well as a corresponding member of HAA died on 12 September aged 76 following a long illness. HAA is regarding his passing away as losing one of its own.
László Marton studied at the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts, as well as abroad in Finland, Canada and London. He worked several times as a guest director in Helsinki, Louisville, Tel Aviv, Canada, Germany. As a theatre manager he continued the old comedy theatre tradition. He developed an attractive program for audiences, containing the classics, and musicals. His successful stagings include An Imaginary Report on an American Rock Festival, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II and A padlás. In 1975 he received the Jászai Mari Award, in 1984 he was awarded the title of Meritorious Artist, while in 1990 the Artist of Merit Award, in 2000 he won the Hevesi Sándor Awaed, while in 2003 he was give the Kossuth State Award. In 2004 he was also given one of the most distinguished theatrical awards in Ireland, the Irish Theatre Awards. He was an honorary member of the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1990. In November 1997 he became a member of the American Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers as the very first Hungarian theatrical director. In 2015 he became a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. In 2016 he received the Prima Primissima Award.
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