Martin Huba was born in 1943 into an artistic family, his father being the actor Mikuláš Huba and his mother the Slovak National Theatre Opera soloist Mária Kišoňová-Hubová. In 1964 he completed his drama studies at Bratislava’s University of Performing Arts. From 1968 to its forced closure in 1971 he was a member of the Bratislava theatre Divadlo na korze. Since 1976 he has worked for the Slovak National Theatre Drama.
He is a leading light of the Slovak theatre world. He has rendered a host of dramatic roles, including Molière’s Misanthrope, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Richard II and Prospero (The Tempest), Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Vershinin (Three Sisters), Gogol’s Zhevakin (The Marriage), Ronald Harwood’s Dresser, Patrick Süskind’s Double-Bass, Goethe’s Clavijo, Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac.
Since the 1990s he has also been a stage director. In Slovakia he has directed Süskind’s The Double-Bass, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and with Martin Porubjak co-staged his own play The Ballroom. For Czech theatres he has directed Shakespeare’s King Lear and Romeo and Juliet (Summer Shakespeare Festival at Prague Castle, 2002 and 2004), Harwood’s The Dresser (Divadlo v Dlouhé, 2002) and Nicholas E. Baehr’s The Incident (HaDivadlo, 2004). As an opera director, he staged the Slovak composer Juraj Beneš’s work The Players and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Slovak National Theatre, 2004 and 2006).
His creative activities have earned Martin Huba a number of accolades; for example, the annual Slovak Doska award for dramatic art and stage direction (1997, 2001, 2007). He is the holder of eight Literary Fund Awards. In the Czech Republic he received the Alfréd Radok Prize for his rendition of the role of Bruscon (Bernhard: Der Theater Macher) at Prague’s Divadlo Na zábradlí theatre and was twice nominated for the Thalia Award, for the roles of Rosmer (Ibsen: Rosmersholm) at Brno’s National Theatre and Sir (The Dresser) at Divadlo v Dlouhé. In 2003 the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, conferred on him a Medal for Merit of the 1st degree for excellent artistic results.
He has also acted in a number of Czech films – for example: Kuře melancholik (The Melancholic Chicken, 1999), Musíme si pomáhat (We Must Help Each Other, 2000), Horem Pádem (Up and Down, 2004), Krev zmizelého (Bonds of Blood, 2005), Štěstí (Something Like Happiness, 2005) and Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (I Served the King of England, 2006). For his performance in the latter in the role of the head waiter Skřivánek he won the Český lev (Czech Lion) award for best male supporting actor.
Martin Huba is a Professor at the Theatre Faculty of the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava, heading the Drama Department.
Update: April 2008