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An Exceptional Ionesco, Premiering at NTB! 28 November 2017
The I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the premiere of the play Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco, a show with great actors, a reference play of contemporary literature, staged by a popular tandem of directors, the young Andrei and Andreea Grosu, founders of Unteatru, which has become one of the most appreciated theatres. Exit the King is an enactment not attempting to amaze through scenery or costumes, but in the first place, a reencounter with an acting couple offering us an artistic feast with each appearance on stage, Mariana Mihuţ and Victor Rebengiuc, joined by Ana Ciontea, Florentina Ţilea, Şerban Pavlu and Richard Bovnoczki, telling us a story in which time is dilated and distances are diminished like magic. The stage design is created by Vladimir Turturica and Chris Jaeger signs the light design of the show. Despite the title, the show is fortified by the lust for life and man’s incapacity to make peace with death. We are living disorderly – with a constant craving for tomorrow, we love desperately, we procrastinate as much as we can, we hurt without feeling, we turn mistakes into experiences and continue to experiment. The show is a praise to this unconsciousness named life. Exit the King, a staging stirring the numbed consciousness of being and putting the soul’s strength to test, in relation to man’s sole certainty, death, in front of which we can choose to believe that we are kings, although we are mere subjects. To the question What is more absurd between life and death?, Ionesco would probably answer: man! Eugène Ionesco was obsessed by the theme of exitus throughout his entire life, ever since childhood. ”Ever since the age of four, when I knew I would die, the anguish has never left me. It is as if I had understood, all of a sudden, that there was nothing left to do to escape it and there was nothing left to do in life (…). I am also writing to express my fear of dying, my humility of dying”, confessed the famous Romanian author. I told myself that you can learn how to die, that you can teach others how to die. This seems to me the essential thing we can do, because we are mortals not accepting the fact of dying‒ motivates playwright Eugène Ionesco the genesis of the play Exit the King. "Mr. Ionesco’s King has enabled one of the most beautiful encounters for us, claim Andrei and Andreea Grosu, the directors of the show. With people we fell in love with, with people we were already in love with and which we shall cherish the way they offered themselves to us, with smiles, fears, joyful, emotional, authentic. The queen leading us, another one trembling, the overwhelmed physician, the powerless guard, the frail maid and a dying king. We learn from them the art of dying. It is a story with kings and queens, with clouds and trees growing out of floors, great inventors, fears, family, but especially with and about love". The official premiere is scheduled for 28th November 2017, from 7.30 p.m., in the Grand Hall. The next representation shall take place on 17th December 2017. Tickets can be purchased at the NTB Box Office, from the Grand Hall foyer, as well as online, on www.mystage.ro.   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 www.tnb.ro and www.mystage.ro On the online ticketing site, www.mystage.ro, 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 Mystage.ro 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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