Director Ion Caramitru Launches a New Challenge in the Theatre "Arena": Old Clown Wanted!

28 December 2016 - 08 January 2017
Two NTB Comedies in Competition at the 15th Edition of Festco! 27 May 2017
Two of the nine shows shortlisted for the Competition section of the current edition of the festCO Romanian Comedy Festival belong to the repertoire of the „I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest. Their authors are some of the most enacted contemporary Romanian playwrights, and the directors are resonant names of the national stages. These repertorial achievements of NTB, selected for the anniversary edition of festCO, the 15th, are Old Clown Wanted by Matei Vişniec, directed by Ion Caramitru and Light, at the End of the Tunnel by Radu F. Alexandru, directed by Mircea Cornişteanu. An extra reason for us to recommend these two comedies of the National Theatre of Bucharest, which were also appreciated by the audience and reaped the most favourable critiques. These two comedies can be seen in the next period at the theatre’s headquarters, more precisely: at the Studio Hall – Old Clown Wanted (Vişniec’s play in a surprising enactment!) and at the Black Box Hall – Light, at the End of the Tunnel (a virulent satire aimed at the post-revolutionary Romanian political class). The festival shall take place in the time frame 27 May – 4 June 2017. Tickets for festCO 2017 shall be offered for sale at the end of April on and Tickets to the next representations with Old Clown Wanted (6 April, 22 April, 7.30 p.m.) and Light, at the End of the Tunnel (30 March, 31 March, 20 April, 8.00 p.m.) can be purchased at the NTB box office and online, on and   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Make a Gift Together with NTB: The Theatre Gift Vouchers 01 March 2017
  Because people love beauty, they want to make gifts and because people who love beauty belong to our faithful audience, we have thought of meeting them with an unusual gift: the theatre voucher. The theatre voucher is the special gift we are launching on 1st March, but it is dedicated to all special moments of this year. Initiated last year, the Make a Gift Together with NTB campaign has launched for the first time on the market of cultural products, the theatre gift vouchers, meant to assist the ones who wish to give their loved ones the possibility of choosing their favourite theatre show from the repertoire of the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, on various anniversary occasions. The ones who had received a theatre gift voucher, were able to purchase from the NTB box office, to the extent that there were places free, tickets to the theatre shows, at prices falling within the value inscribed on the voucher. This year, we are bringing to your attention an offer consisting of three types of theatre gift vouchers, addressed to the various audience categories: The Gift Voucher, worth 100 lei, gives the possibility of purchasing in the range of low and medium prices within the NTB offer. The Premium Voucher, worth 200 lei, is the voucher that can be exchanged for tickets within the category of maximum prices from the offer of the National Theatre. The Student / Senior Voucher, worth 40 lei, is a special voucher, dedicated to students and seniors (our theatre-loving grandparents!), enabling the purchase from the NTB box office of tickets from the category for students and retired people. For exchanging this special voucher, the ones coming to the box office are kindly asked to show their student ID or a pension slip. Unlike last year, when vouchers could be exchanged only at the theatre’s box office, this year, the vouchers from the Gift and Premium categories can also be used online, for the purchase of tickets via the websites and On the online ticketing site,, the shows for which you can purchase tickets with the aid of the series inscribed on the vouchers, shall bear a distinctive mark indicating this possibility, so that they can be easily identified. Vouchers contain barcodes and can be read with the aid of a special sensor, should they be exchanged at the box office. In case of their exchange on the online platform, the inscription of the voucher series shall be necessary, matching the barcode, in the space intended for the validation of vouchers, by the purchasing software of The ones willing to join this campaign, through the purchase of a larger number of gift vouchers, are asked to contact us, as the print-run of these vouchers is limited. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  
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