Tibor Orlai

One of the most impressive success stories in Hungarian private theatre working outside of the traditional repertory system is the one of Tibor Orlai. Originally a businessman in the medical field, he started managing and producing theater in the mid-90’s. Gradually building up his own company from traveling vaudeville shows to receiving the Critics Prize four times, he became a central force in modernizing the Hungarian theater system, with several of his productions running successfully for years. At the moment he has several productions playing nationally and internationally and he always keeps an eye on the freshest commercial and arthouse pieces to introduce to the Hungarian audience. By consciously supporting young and progressive independent theatre artists and groups he also serves as an important investor in the future of Hungarian theatre.

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Orlai Productions

Orlai Productions is a repertory theatre established and owned by Tibor Orlai in 2006, producing 6-8 new productions and playing more than 600 performances in Hungary every season,, approximately 50% of them in the countryside. The repertoire consists of the current hits of the Off-Broadway and the West End and plays of contemporary Hungarian writers (István Tasnádi, István Kerékgyártó, Lajos Parti Nagy, Krisztián Grecsó, Éva Péterfy Novák, Márton Gerlóczy, Béla Tarr among others). 

Orlai Productions is resident in Budapest in three venues. Belvárosi Színház seating 543 is the main venue, the 260-seat 6szín Theatre is the place for chamber productions, the most intimate performances are on in the Main Hall and the Chamber Hall of Jurányi Ház, seating 150 and 80, respectively. 

Orlai Productions is a creative hub for theatre makers with a company of 10 members of highly ranked actors and guest artists joining for every project.

International theatre credits include: 

  • Neil LaBute: If I Needed Someone
  • Penelope Skinner: Lyoness
  • Martin Rauhaus: Und wer nimmt den Hund?
  • Ruben Östlund-Tim Price: Force Majeure
  • Thomas Vinterberg-Tobias Lindholm: Another Round
  • Alan Ayckbourn: How the Other Half Loves
  • Didier Caron: Fausse Note
  • Christopher Hampton: A German Life
  • David Hare: Amy’s World
  • Bess Wohl: Grand Horizons
  • Deborah Zoe Laufer: The Last Schwartz
  • Richard Greenberg: Three Days Of Rain
  • Dan Gordon: Terms of Endearment
  • Abe Burrows: Cactus Flower
  • Stefan Vögel: Die Niere
  • Michael Frayn: Wild Honey
  • Stephen Sachs: Bakersfield Mist
  • Lucas Knath: Doll’s House Part 2
  • John Patrick Shanley: Doubt
  • Ingmar Bergman: Autumn Sonata
  • John Osborne: Look Back In Anger
  • Dale Wassermann: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Frederick Knott: Wait Until Dark
  • Daniel Glattauer: Wunderübung
  • Mary Orr: All About Eve
  • Édouard Louis: End of Eddy
  • Gogol : Diary of a Madman
  • Ernest Thompson: On Golden Pond
  • Ladislav Fuks – Judit Gálvölgyi: The Cremator
  • Dan Gordon: Rain Man
  • Jonathan Maitland: Deny, Deny, Deny
  • Van Zandt-Milmore: You’ve Got Hate Mail
  • Richard Bean: One Man Two Guv’nors
  • Ragni – Rado – McDermot: Hair
  • Avery Corman: Kramer vs. Kramer
  • John Murrell: Sarah
  • David Harrower: Blackbird
  • Robert James Waller – Gergely Zöldi: Bridges of Madison County
  • Paul Blake: Roman Holiday
  • Richard Baer: Mixed Emotions
  • Bill Manhoff: The Owl and the Pussycat
  • Peter Shaffer: Amadeus
  • Joe DiPietro: Over the River and through the Woods
  • Anat Gov: Happy Ending
  • Ronald Harwood: Quartet
  • Ivan Menchell: The Cemetery Club
  • Richard Alfieri: Six dance lessons in six weeks (Critics Award: Best production of 2007)
  • Eberhard Streul: The Prop Man
  • Jason Robert Brown: The Last Five Years
  • Daniel Glattauer: Gut gegen Nordwind