The Comedy Theatre of Budapest
is a theatre in Budapest. Starting in the turn of the 19th and 20th century as an opposition to the conservative National Theatre
, it became a pioneer institution of Hungarian drama, and one of the oldest theatres still in operation.
The Vígszínház was designed by architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer who worked on over 47 state-of-the-art theatre buildings around Europe
. Its construction was financed by the tripartite ownership consisting of Count István Keglevich, the writer Ferenc Szécsi, and local businessman Gábor Faludi. I The destined area was a swampland before, but in the next few years it developed into the bourgeois Lipótváros district.