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Renowned Georgian Director David Doiashvili Stages King Lear at NTB 10 December 2016
                                                                                                  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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Virtual Tour of a Unique Project 05 April 2016
  Starting with the month of April 2016, on the website of the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre, a totally exceptional virtual tour can be accessed, in the form of an interactive documentary film, consisting of 310 panoramas, enabling the navigation of the NTB building, inside and outside, before, during and at the end of the restyling works of the theatre building. The material published on the website further includes the virtual presentation of the sceneries of six performances from the NTB production of the last years: Scourge, The Avalanche, Master Leonida Facing the Reactionaries, Lottery Tickets, The Cherry Orchard, The Visit. The time frame for the creation of the 310 published panoramas (accomplished in the period 2010-2016) has been estimated to over 1500 hours and approximately 30.000 separate photographs have been used. The high-resolution images enable the study of the spaces in detail and from a bird’s eye view, presenting the users even areas inaccessible to the audience (workshops, dressing rooms, the costume stock, the off-stage area etc). The application is accompanied by a brief ”visualisation guideline” in Romanian and English. Not lastly, the publishing of this complex virtual tour also aims at promoting the « new » National Theatre as an institution open to a new audience, interested in theatre, but also in the latest technologies. The material used for the creation of the virtual tour is part of an extensive documentary archive compiled over 7 years, in the time frame 2008-2016. Completed at the end of 2015 (except for some photographs taken in 2016), the archive comprises video and photo materials, panorama images, architecture layouts, interviews and media coverage, following the National Theatre evolution and of its former and current employees throughout the entire duration of the building site for the building restyling. Through the spatial and temporal deployment, the archive has been first and foremost gathered as a study material on the topic of the architecture project, of the habitation of areas and the place occupied by NTB in the public space, aimed at both the audience and theatre professionals or those wishing to pursue a training in this field. The project has been entirely produced, in his capacity as author, by Mihai Bodea-Tatulea, graduate of the National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, who even from the launch of his initiative, had the theatre’s consent to film and shoot all key moments in connection with the evolution of the institution. The entire documentary archive is subject to a potential publishing, and the author is seeking financial aid for supporting this effort. The National Theatre encourages the affiliation of other people, institutions or companies for supporting the project continuation.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Gift vouchers 02 March 2016
    The ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest gives you the opportunity this spring to offer another kind of gift. The gift vouchers expect you at the National Theatre box office, to help you offer the shows that you enjoy to your loved ones ! Our shows can be offered as a present this spring. Make a Gift together with the National Theatre of Bucharest ! It is our spring thought for theatre lovers. Offer a show evening at the National Theatre ! It will be a special gesture, which your loved ones will not forget easily. How many times did you wonder what to bestow on a beloved person ? The National Theatre is giving you a helping hand. Gifts for mothers, grandparents, friends, work colleagues, for your employees or superiors ! The voucher offering you a special evening in the greatest and most modern theatre in Bucharest. It is a present anyone would highly appreciate. The gift vouchers Make a Gift together with NTB expect you at the box office, starting with the 1st of March ! Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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