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

28 December 2016 - 08 January 2017
The Holiday Festival on the Road of Prince Charming, fairytale feast – between seasons 29 July 2017
Prince Charming embarks this summer from the Abracadabra National Theatre for Children on the road, in order to continue the adventures and acts of bravery throughout the season. A season has been concluded (in the theatre!), another one is opening on fairytale paths, with: the Holiday Festival – the Road of Prince Charming! But, you shall see how well it sounds further on. Read here, in the letter of actor Marian Râlea, whom the children know and love as the Magician of Stories: „The Abracadabra National Theatre for Children Foundation – with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Identity and with the media partners TVR and SMART FM – shall organise, in the time frame July – September 2017, the Itinerant Holiday Festival – the Road of Prince Charming. I am the Magician of Stories and I invite you to embark on the Road of Prince Charming! We shall certainly encounter Dragons and Witches. The Beldam shall also be present. We shall save the daughter of January and shall cross the realm of the Shrew and the Hag. Many adventures and mishaps await us and who knows, we might also reach the country of Youth without Age and Life without Death. Who is Prince Charming? But the Rogue Horse or Goldilocks? It shall be you, dear children. Throughout the Holiday Festival – the Road of Prince Charming, you shall be elected to become the good heroes from the Romanian fairytales”. Where does this road lead? – you shall ask. The awesome holiday journey starts on the Sunday 29th July, in the beautiful Fairytale Garden of the Romanian Television. The track comprises the following stops: Bacău (5th August), Mangalia (19th August), Băileşti (25th August), Rupea (26th August), Filiaşi (9th September), Târgu Jiu (10th September). The complete schedule can be found on the Facebook page of the Magician of Stories. We must announce that our traditional journey to the world of Romanian fairytales, which started on Palm Sunday, 16 years ago and which has been ever since marked by a premiere on each Sunday morning, throughout the entire season, shall restart on the morning of 24 September 2017, in the Media Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest. The Magician of Stories awaits you on Fairytale Roads!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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NTB Raised a „Tempest” at Thessaloniki 12 July 2017
  The show of the „I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, „The Tempest” by William Shakespeare, directed by Alexander Morfov, has conquered the audience ever since the first international edition of the Open-Air Theatre Festival of Thessaloniki, Forest Festival NTNG. The two representations by NTB (5th and 6th July 2017), which were hosted by the Dassous Theatre (Forest Theatre), an impressive amphitheatre, located at the top of a hill and in the vicinity of the sea, were welcomed with applause and ovations by the Greek, many of them declaring that the show directed by Alexander Morfov has exceeded their expectations. The participation in this festival took place in an exquisite company, the poster of the event featuring alongside the Romanian troupe successful shows from Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Israel. „I believe it was one of the most significant tours of the National Theatre throughout the recent history of this theatre. They were two magical evenings, two major theatrical triumphs, under utterly remarkable conditions. I think we returned from there crowned by the joy of an outstanding public recognition, but also with a totally special moral satisfaction”, declared Ion Caramitru, manager of the „I.L.Caragiale” National Theatre, upon his return to Romania. The first reviews did not fail to appear after the representations from Thessaloniki: „I must say that the show has been performed under a certain thrill, under the stars of Greece, in an ancient amphitheatre with thousands of seats, where I believe the actors were marked by the continuity of their creative act over millennia. The scenery brought from home was amplified thanks to the natural environment, the amphitheatre meant unsuspected entrances and exits, the enactment stretched over more levels than initially planned, the actors strolled among the audience, the vault over the heads collapsed and the lights of Thessaloniki stretched beneath their feet. There was a certain magic of the evening and the place, which made one finally say: yes, of course, Prospero has also invented theatre, with his laughter mingled with tears, with his power to figure and disfigure, with his immense joy of communication, beyond the podium and proscenium, beyond the thousands of stone benches, over the valley revealing the lights of the city of Thessaloniki, over centuries. Yes, Caramitru, that melancholy man with baggy pants and large sweater has certainly created on the evening of the show in Greece theatre, as well", writes Monica Săvulescu – Voudouris.   „The game of imagination, with visual discoveries and performance techniques, has unfolded as an exotic story, stressing the magic of dreams, the dark plots and the force of imagination, talking about power and art, exaggeration and falsity, illusion and conviction, about universal measures and natural laws. The directorial view has unveiled the dark complex of energy, the power of art and of bold fantasy, the illusory appearance, as well as the world of human beings and spirits, in a story about revenge, knowledge and poetic passion”, notices also Angela Mantziou in a review published in City Culture. Currently, even if it officially entered the summer holiday, the National Theatre does not cease its activity. Over less than a month, the show „Magic National” shall participate at Ohrid, in Macedonia, in the 57th edition of the International Summer Festival. Founded in 1961, Ohrid Summer Festival takes place in a special cultural and historical area. The town, the Ohrid lake and the above-mentioned church are included in the UNESCO World Heritage. On the festival stages, famous voices echoed over time. Since 1994, the International Summer Festival of Ohrid belongs to the European Festivals Association (EFA). Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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End of Season at NTB and Preparations for New Premieres This Fall! 07 July 2017
4 of the premieres of the past NTB season shall be applauded at FNT 2017 as well! At the beginning of July, on Sunday, at the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, the last gong of the season 2016-2017 was heard from the Black Box Hall, hosting the play Shadows by Marilia Samper, directed by Vlad Cristache, the newest of the NTB productions. The more than 10 titles of the recently concluded season include the NTB productions: King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by David Doiashvili, No Man’s Land by Danis Tanovic, directed by Alexander Morfov, Old Clown Wanted by Matei Vişniec, directed by Ion Caramitru, Light, at the end of the tunnel by Radu F. Alexandru, directed by Mircea Cornişteanu, The Lourcine Street Affair by Eugène Labiche, directed by Felix Alexa and Shadows, the above-mentioned show. Among them, 4 titles have been shortlisted for the National Theatre Festival 2017, at its 27th edition. These are, in alphabetic order, as they have been announced to date: Old Clown Wanted by Matei Vişniec, directed by Ion Caramitru, No Man’s Land by Danis Tanović, adaptation, direction and musical illustration Alexander Morfov, King Lear by William Shakespeare, direction and stage design David Doiashvili, Shadows by Marilia Samper, direction, stage design, musical illustration and lighting design Vlad Cristache. The premieres have continued in the Small Hall as well, hosting the 9G Programme at NTB. Produced by the „Ion Sava” Creation and Research Centre of TNB, the programme intended for the young generation of theatre creators has enriched its billboard with the following titles: The Girl Soldier by Mihaela Michailov, directed by Silvia Roman, Do You Love Me – script and direction by Iris Spiridon, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, directed by Irina Crăiţă-Mândră and War by Lars Noren, directed by Lorena Zăbrăuțanu. Another successful programme, appreciated by both spectators and their families, the National Theatre for Children, launched in the year 2001 by actor Marian Râlea through the Abracadabra Foundation, has pursued this season as well its interactive theatre projects. Each Sunday, in the Media Hall, the youngest of the spectators-actors of the National Theatre of Bucharest have witnessed a premiere and as many original scripts, based on Romanian customs and fairytales.  In mid-September, with the new school year, the National Theatre of Bucharest shall lift the curtain of a new season. However, the actors shall rejoin the theatre at the end of August in order to resume rehearsals, so that the season start shall witness one of the most expected premieres due to the team of creators. UFO by Ivan Vyrypaev, directed by Bobi Pricop, is the occasion to meet a cast which we believe to be unforgettable: Medeea Marinescu, Raluca Aprodu, Ada Galeş, Ion Caramitru, Ciprian Nicula, Mihai Călin, Istvan Teglas and… the director himself. Another premiere expected with excitement is the second enactment of the Georgian artist David Doiashvili at NTB. After King Lear, the renowned director has chosen for his new project on the Grand Stage The Cherry Orchard by A.P. Chekhov. The future premieres of the season include: Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu, Titanic Orchestra by Hristo Boicev, directed by Felix Alexa, The Snowstorm by Barbu Ştefănescu Delavrancea, directed by Alexandru Dabija, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Tompa Gabor. A series of other exciting titles from the national and universal dramaturgy is expecting directors, as the billboard of the next season, scattered with surprises and placed under the sign of a certain value standard, which the Bucharest National cannot compromise, is expecting its spectators. Until then, we wish you most pleasant holidays! 
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Box Office, Summer Schedule 2017 04 July 2017
    From 7 August 2017, the NTB box office shall be closed until Monday, 4th September 2017! The first representations of the new theatre season 2017 - 2018 shall be held in the time frame 11 - 24 September and the tickets shall be on online sale starting with 25th August and at the box office from 4th September. We wish you most pleasant holidays and expect you heartily to the theatre this fall!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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