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The 100-year-old “Orient Express” world premiere musical show at the cultural center of Gödöllő was sold out!

Well, this was no surprise for the awaited performance on  December, 13. 2014., because the expectations were huge. On board  the Orient Express all viewers must have felt really rolling on the railway tracks back time. Within the musical several art style, music solution appeared, which varied through the country’s train stations. The Hundred Years’ War  ended the Orient Express  journey from Paris to the city of rough times in history with several names as: Atatürk, New Rome, Constantinople, to-day known as Istanbul.

The audience arrived to take part at this special two-hour journey and nostalgic atmosphere. Before entering the auditorium, had a peak at the small exhibition along the hallway showing  items from the eating room in the era when the Orient Express was rolling on the tracks from East-to-West and back-and-forth. The travelers   ticket was examined by the train ticket controller who worn that railway uniform from that era. Shortly after signaled the beginning of the show communicated via announcer indicating the time in minutes of departure from the Paris Railway Station, also with the loud horn blowing. Special VIP, as the mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komsic and Şakir Fakılı the Turkish ambassador also honored by their presence the world premiere unique musical show. A lineup of sponsors and several knowledgeable professional eyes were present to view the musical world premiere performance. The mayor of Gödöllő Dr. György Gémesi greated Mr. Mihály Babekmayor of the city of Szarvas, Ms. Ildikó Pécsi – actress, Mr. Károly Eperjesi – actor and Joshi Bharat – popular TV personal. The auditorium was completely filled with viewers also arriving from the capital and other provincial cities. Furthermore, way beyond the performance, the news spread crossing boarders, because there were viewers coming to see this awesome show from Prague and Vienna as well.

The actors from Békéscsaba Jókai Theater: Ms. Petra Gubin, Mr.György Szomor and Ms. Boglárka Farkas, Enikő Litauszki, Tünde Török – professional dancers were met with great enthusiasm from the audience. Péter Fekete brought many sights and sound within the musical … no wonder … his previous experience in working in the circus arts and having the illusionist’s past knowledge was spectacularly in use at the scenery elements, screenings and his great ideas appeared on the stage. The second part was more of the outbreak of the First World War, already showing the perceptible of pains and sorrow.

The grandiose, unique visual-world, luxury pieces was spiced up with the 15 years old  Percussion Talamba group. The superb Cimbaliband played nonstop throughout  the show. The Fricska (Flick) dance show was fulfilled with unmentionable fantastic energy. Most probably as the audience watching them laying the railway tracks, building bits-and-pieces of the bridge many held their breath, provoking the viewers of the symbolic meaning. The production was interactive as well, as the audience was pulled int he show becoming to add a little more sound with musical instruments which were handled to them during the break and together with the band in the pounding rhythm.

At the end of the performance the audience would not let the actors leave the stage. Over-and-over again the artists had to come out while around 15 minutes standing applause and cheers fulfilled the auditorium. Was really impossible to put a full stop to the production to have come to “THE-END!”

Sakir Fakılı, the Turkish ambassador expressed he has high hopes to see the show in Istanbul. A total of five foreign invitation already hit the day… I mean by night … at the end of the production, so number of attention already speaks for itself. Roaring applause maybe more than minutes waiting for the troupe to international guests arriving to the reception. As all gathered dr. György Gémesi Mayor of Gödöllő praised the magnificent work done by all on stage and thanked all the members bringing this awesome production and last but not least, for the theater lovers of Gödöllő this was real treat and were proud to have this world premiere in their city… which can be named as a pre-Xmas present to the City of Gödöllő.  Balázs Kovács – executive director also expressed his honor to have had brought to the House of Arts at the Cultural and Conference Center – Gödöllő this magnificent  production on stage and having the world premiere at Gödöllő.

At the reception after the show had a few minutes conversation with the Sarajevo Mayor Ivo Komšić, who said he absolutely wish to bring this show one day in front of the audience in their own country at the “Sarajevo Train Station” and will work together on this path with director Peter Fekete.  “It was a great performance and I am still under the influence. It was certainly classy musical performances that should be out to see not just in Europe. Not seen anything like this in amount of time. Congratulations to all the extraordinary participant in the show, and I look forward to not only the dream by director Peter Fekete to have come true, but to my dream to be fulfilled” said the mayor.

TIME-WILL-TELL! … hopefully it will not have to be only kept as a dream to wish to come true to have a train with the “Orient Express” logo which could take the musical artists on route from Paris to Istanbul to present this breathtaking production at each country’s city were once the Orient Express stopped previously before the First World War.

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Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter



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Many have heard of the Orient Express  which made its history in the pre-war years and later was also associated in many forms around the World … Established many books, Agatha Christie’s thriller film, the adaptation of Ian Fleming’s “From Russia with Love”‘.

The MUSICAL FORMATION is to be for the FIRST TIME in HUNGARY and a WORLD PREMIERE presenting to the eyes and ears the elegance and luxury on the route of the Orient Express.

World premiere!

7 p.m. Saturday. December, 13. 2014. 

Art of House at Gödöllő!

The 4,350 mile journey in just 2 hours within an extraordinary MUSICAL SHOW rolling on the rail tracks that will take you back in time, in having a peak on the route of the world-famous Orient Express. The premiere show will be  presented by the musical troupe of the Békéscsaba Jókai Theater, director and production designer: Péter Fekete. So we heard at the press conference which was held on Tuesday, by representatives of the production at the Hungarian Railway Museum‘s inside the chocolate-and-cream colored train with Lalique glass and wood-panelled dining car. The coming up performance is connected to the 100th anniversary of the fourteen war. In 1914 at Zemun – Belgrade, the Sava bridge was exploded, whereas previously on the trails, rattling bridges, spanned over rivers and gaps connecting East and West said Péter Fekete. Also added, he had been thinking of the idea to bring on stage the history of the Orient Express in a musical formation, researching background materials to implement into the show as: … Quote: “beheaded journalists, suicide bombers equipped with explosives, chador wearing bright-eyed and bare-faced women, photocopied images hanging on the wall. Concentrated on interoperability problem between the East and West, the collision points to make the eternal story.”

Main philosophy … Quote: „We can only accept each other …  if we get to know each others culture … if we accepted each other …  then bridges will not be exploded … said Péter Fekete.

The musical production is fulfilled with elegance, adventure and the great symbol of traveling  by rolling on and on the rail tracks  from Paris and Istanbul. This is the story of a great trip, crossing boarders presenting the different cultures within each country’s arts, styles, dance, folk music.  The show will follow musical roots of Western culture, the French Impressionists Expressionists and musical ideas, Balkan folklore music, Vienna and Budapest coffee house atmosphere, and Turkish folk motifs. The show floats the audience  back to the grandiose, unique spectacle-world, in two-act theatrical piece, contemporary luxury route between East and West. Also highlighting the show with the performances of the Cimbaliband  group , „Fricska” – Flick dance group, and  the Talamba Percussion Ensemble..

The play is actually based on a simple love story … if a love story can be simple … a man play by: György Szomor/Csaba Vasvári from Paris and from Istanbul, played by Petra Gubik, a woman travelling to approach each other. While on the trip through music, dance, tell their own stories. Half way on their journey, the bridge was exploded. Soforth, this was destroying their possibility in encountering each other. The history is well-known as breaking, tearing apart men and women as the 1914 outbreak of the First World War.

György Gémesi – Mayor of Gödöllő said, the House of Arts in Gödöllő will host the Orient Express music and dance production for the first time on stage in Hungary and in the world. This will be the world premiere within a musical show of the outbreak of World War I. The major added, arriving to the premiere will be the major of Sarajevo and other honored guests. Also said, within this production will be one of the 50 memorial and cultural events to take place in Hungary in memorial to the thematic worthy end of the outbreak of the WWI. Balázs Kovács – executive director also expressed his honor to have the Orient Express world premiere production on stage at the House of Arts in the Cultural and Conference Center – Gödöllő.

 Somehow missing to be at the Saturday’s premiere,there is also a chance to see the production on  Monday, December, 15. 2014., at the Art of House in Gödöllő.

In May, 2015. at  the Békéscsaba Jókai Theater to be held 20 performance, also a station where once stopped the Orient Express.

The production director is already underway having negotiations about visiting, taking on stage the musical in those cities … from Paris to Istanbul  … where the Orient Express had stops. During the press gathering a piece of insight was shown to the media representatives.

Tickets available at and through: ticket office at Art of House in Gödöllő and

price: 4.500HUF

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter