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10 Dec 2016 Renowned Georgian Director David Doiashvili Stages King Lear at NTB
Renowned Georgian Director David Doiashvili Stages King Lear at NTB

                                                                                                  A masterpiece of universal literature, a true challenge for performers and show creators, a play of perennial topicality, filled with lessons for our contemporaries, but also for Shakespeare’s contemporaries, King Lear returns to the stage of the National Theatre of Bucharest after 46 years since the memorable enactment of Radu Penciulescu, with George Constantin in the lead role. In the new version for the stage, Mihai Constantin, the son of the great actor, himself a name with resonance of the Romanian stage, shall impersonate the legendary king under the inspired „wand” of one of the most appreciated contemporary directors, David Doiashvili, a first-class name not only in native Georgia, but also in the European theatrical landscape. Artist with a complex creative personality, theatre director and mentor of the young generation of actors, theatre and opera director, but also scenographer for his enactments, David Doiashvili, born in 1971 in Tbilisi, has built from his very debut a strong reputation, with noteworthy achievements based on great dramaturgy, which his talent has enveloped in modern, stimulating visions, with an extremely personal dimension. His theatrical career has been honoured with major distinctions. His major achievements with Shakespearean plays include: King Lear, Macbeth (Great Duruji Prize, 2010, in Georgia and 9 awards out of 12 nominations at the Rijeka International Theatre Festival, in Croatia, as well as in 2012, the Best Show Award at the Ibero-American Theatre Festival of Bogota) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Budapest National Theatre and the Croatian National Theatre, and the one produced on the stage of the theatre he has been managing since 2004 in Tbilisi, the Vaso Abashidze Music and Drama State Theatre, is the production long acclaimed by our audience on the NTB stage as well, in the opening of the NETA International Theatre Festival 2015. This show as well has been honoured with the Duruji National Prize, in 2013, for Best Show, Best Direction, as well as two awards for acting. Among the national successes, we can mention furthermore The Lower Depths – Grand Prize, in 2013, of the Georgian Critics Association, and abroad: West Yorkshire Playhouse (London): Arthur Miller – The Crucible; Mariinsky Theatre (Sankt Petersburg): Gaetano Donizetti - Lucia Di Lammermoor; Croatian National Theatre (Rijeka): Riunosuke Akutagava – A Fool’s Life; Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, at the Budapest National Theatre. The new version of the National Theatre of Bucharest for the play King Lear is performed by a remarkable cast, among which, alongside Mihai Constantin, you shall encounter: Marius Manole (the Fool), Ioan Andrei Ionescu (Gloucester), Gavril Pătru (Kent), Monica Davidescu (Goneril), Crina Semciuc (Cordelia), Raluca Aprodu (Regan), Istvan Teglas (Edgar), Tudor Aaron Istodor (Edmund), Lari Giorgescu (Oswald), Silviu Mircescu (Duke of Cornwall), Rareș Andrici (Duke of Albany), Pavel Ulici (Duke of Burgundy), Idris Clate (King of France). Direction and scenography: David Doiashvili. Costumes: Liliana Cenean. Original score: Nikoloz Rachveli Memanishvili. An enactment announcing itself spectacular and full of surprises, of a special visual inventiveness, on the director’s specific note. The premiere of the show King Lear is scheduled for Sunday 11th December 2016, 7.00 p.m., on the Grand Hall stage. The next representations: 17, 18 and 29 December 2016.                                    Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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29 Nov 2016 Did you know that...King Lear 4
Did you know that...King Lear 4

Did you know that King George III of the United Kingdom suffered from paroxysms of madness, so that, during his reign, between 1810 and 1820, all shows with King Lear have been forbidden, due to the main character’s madness? Allan Bennett has written a play about the mental decline of this king, The Madness of George III, enacted in Romania at the „Bulandra” Theatre, with Mircea Albulescu and Rodica Tapalagă.   The premiere of the show King Lear, directed by David Doiashvili shall be hosted by the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest on 11 December 2016, as of 7.00 p.m. !   Details       Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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05 Dec 2016 Did you know that...King Lear 5
Did you know that...King Lear 5

Did you know that Japanese director Akira Kurosawa has made King Lear into a film in 1984, producing a famous movie entitled Ran? ( „Ran” means „chaos”, but also „civil war”). The movie plot is set in feudal Japan, and Lear’s three daughters became sons in Kurosawa’s film. The premiere of the show King Lear directed by David Doiashvili shall be hosted by the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest on 10th and 11th December 2016 from 7.00 p.m. !

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