The historical adventure film The Captain of Tenkes has had a determinant role in Hungarian television history. The 1964 black and white film series – the first series on Hungarian television – was enormously popular at the time.
The story is set at the time of the Rákóczi War of Independence, and evokes the struggles taking place around Siklós between the Hungarian kurucs and the Austrian labancs. Although the main hero Máté Eke, one of the soldiers of the kuruc brigadier Ádám Béri Balog, is a fictional character, he combines the figures of numerous peasant soldiers who have become kuruc officers. In a fairy tale style and with lots of humour the story introduces the kuruc heroes who, with their cunning and Hungarian bravado, eventually defeat the dumb labanc soldiers.
Retaining the most significant, most entertaining episodes of the film, we evoke the legendary personalities, the music and legends of the kuruc era. With the help of our folkdance traditions we evoke the historical traditions of our nation, to offer our audience a more complete picture of both the renowned and unknown heroes of the era.
Featuring dancers and musicians of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble and soloists of the Honvéd Male Voice Choir
In the leading role: Dávid Barka
Adapted for stage by Zsuzsa Vincze based on the novel by Ferenc Örsi
Lyrics: István Turczi
Music editor: Péter Árendás
Music composer: Ferenc Sebő
Directed and choreographed: Zoltán Zsuráfszky