In the year 2021, based on the secret votes of the artists of Vígszínház Budapest, Zoltán Gyöngyösi has received the Éva Ruttkai mourning ring. The prize goes to the artist of the company with the most outstanding performance in the given calendar year.
The Éva Ruttkai mourning ring was founded in 1986 by Júlia Gábor, the daughter of the legendary and highly awarded actress of Vígszínház Budapest. The prize is traditionally handed over on the day before the birthday of Éva Ruttkai for the artist who receives the most secret votes by the others for giving the most outstanding performance. Among the Awards in Vígszínház, Ruttkai Ring is one of a very high prestige, since it isn’t given by a jury, but by the secret votes of the colleagues.
This year, Zoltán Gyöngyösi was awarded for his role in „The Children of Paradise” by the actors of Vígszínház. As the protagonist of the show, the young artist charms the audience with his delicate acting, sensitive gestures and amazing moving skills. „It is beyond impressive, what Zoltán Gyöngyösi as the pantomime artist Báptisz does in the show.”- is highlighted in the critics. The Ruttkai mourning ring was handed to Zoltán Gyöngyösi by the theatre studies expert, Gábor Szigethy, husband of Júlia Gábor, on the stage of Vígszínház after the performance „The Visit”.
Zoltán Gyöngyösi was born in 1991 in Debrecen. He finished Ady Endre High School in 2012 and then graduated from University of Theatre and Film in 2017. He spent the season 2017/18 in the National Theatre Szeged. Since 2018 he is a member of Vígszínház. He is the Dull and the Policeman in Love’s Labour’s Lost, and plays several roles outstanding in The One Who Has Nobody Under the Blue Skies, just as in The Great Dictator. He showed his acrobatic skills in Baal staged by Csaba Horváth, and was fascinating as First Detective in Liliom. He is portraying the fate of George Wilson, the tragedy of a common man in The Great Gatsby with moving authenticity, while in the Playboy of the Western World we can see him picturing the beau of the leading lady with loving clumsiness and humor. As the protagonist in Children of Paradise he charms the audience as a pantomime artist with delicate gestures and impressive moving skills. In 2020 he won the „A kiscsillag is csillag” Prize, in 2021 he was awarded with the Junior Prima Prize.
The Éva Ruttkai mourning ring was received first by Géza Tordy in 1987. The awarded artists with this prize since are: Enikő Eszenyi, Iván Darvas, Vera Pap, László Gálffi, Attila Kaszás, Sándor Lukács, Nóra Tábori, Márta Jánoskúti, Erzsébet Kútvölgyi, Éva Igó, Enikő Börcsök, Róbert Alföldi, István Hajdu, Gábor Csőre, Endre Harkányi, Ádám Rajhona, Lídia Danis, Attila Epres, Gábor Reviczky, Barbara Hegyi, Vera Venczel, Éva Bata, Béla Fesztbaum, Gábor Csőre, Kata Péter, József Wunderlich, Attila Vidnyánszky Jr., Csenge Szilágyi, Sándor Lukács and András Kern.