Magic National at the Height of Summer!

18 June 2017

On Sunday 18th June 2017, from 8.00 p.m., in the Grand Hall of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre, the Bucharest audience is expected with a new exceptional representation of the concert-show Magic National, the last representation of this season. A musical, theatrical and choreographic feast, unusual show for the theatre’s repertoire, Magic National is the occasion to meet a first-rate cast and a varied musical repertoire. Ion Caramitru, Anca Sigartău, Tania Popa, Medeea Marinescu, Marius Manole, Aylin Cadîr, Lari Giorgescu, Istvan Teglas, Eduard Adam, Emilian Mârnea, Petre Ancuța, Florin Călbăjos are the actors inviting you to a warm summer evening with ample tunes. The surprises of the show also include Emy Drăgoi, accordion virtuoso, accompanied by his bands Emy Drăgoi 3D Pro'ect & Jazz Hot Club Romania, as well as the extraordinary percussionist Lucian Maxim. All these renowned artists shall bring to the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest the atmosphere of interwar Bucharest, of the faraway places where jazz was born, of Paris with its charming chansonnette… An artistic journey which shall detach us from our noisy daily life and guide us towards the world of warm music and whispered words, of rhythms filled with life and optimism, an evening of revelations, a truly magical evening. In mid vacation, on 7th August 2017, Magic National shall be presented to the Macedonian audience and the foreign visitors, as a guest of the 57th edition of the International Summer Festival, Ohrid 2017. Three of the youngest actors of the Bucharest National Theatre troupe, Emilian Mârnea, Petre Ancuța and Florin Călbăjos shall remind the faithful spectators of the previous edition, when they enchanted the audience with their ActOrchestra, in the same unconventional performance location, where they are also about to perform Magic National, the court of the Saint Sophia medieval church. Founded in 1961, the 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 have resonated over time. Since 1994, the Ohrid International Summer Festival belongs to the European Festivals Association (EFA). The season of the National Theatre of Bucharest continues until the beginning of July, featuring in the next period on its billboard highly successful plays, such as: The Dinner Game, Old Clown Wanted, Gossip, Rumors and Lies, L’Om Dada, The Lourcine Street Affair, The Idol and Ion Anapoda, Little Hell, Five Women in Transition, Anonymous Venetian and Shadows, the most recent premiere of the season, whose last representation coincides with the season closing, on 2nd July 2017. We invite you to follow the NTB programme, on the theatre website (, the the NTB box office, as well as on, for the last shows of the season 2016-2017!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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Shadows, an Almost Incredible Love Story, in Countrywide Premiere at NTB

06 June 2017

After a preview well-received by the audience and the authoress herself, the „I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest announces on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th June 2017, from 7.30 p.m., the premiere of the show Shadows by Marilia Samper, directed by Vlad Cristache. One of the most appreciated directors of the young generation, with a promising debut in 2010 at the Maria Filotti Theatre of Brăila and a series of subsequent confirmations, shows enacted on stages in Bucharest, Piatra Neamţ, Ploieşti or Tulcea, Vlad Cristache proposes us this time a puzzle-like play, not lacking some crime novel highlights, where the destinies of the three families are intertwined, marked by losses and separations, an exciting story and a touching show about the force to start life afresh under any circumstances. With an exceptional cast reuniting popular actors of the Romanian stage, from three generations, Ana Ciontea, Gheorghe Visu, Mariana Mihuţ, Victor Rebengiuc, Mircea Rusu, Gavril Pătru, Alexandra Sălceanu, Emilian Mârnea, Shadows is performed in the Black Box Hall, where the actors’ emotions and the bated breath of the moved spectators almost touch each other. The play has already been enacted once in the direction of the authoress, in 2012, at the National Theatre of Catalonia, which Marilia Samper deems as a turning point in her career. She staged other plays as well, of her own and by other authors. Born in Brazil, in 1974, from a Spanish father and a Brazilian mother, Samper usually writes in Castilian, after which her texts are translated into Catalan. Designated resident-playwright of the Beckett Hall from Barcelona for the season 2016-2017, she shall enact on this stage the play La alegria / Joy. With Shadows, the authoress confesses: „ I wanted to write about absence and I ended up writing a love story. The project was born from my desire to write about what moves me. I like to make speculations about how to live, feel, suffer. About how we deal with a situation of extreme suffering. I did not want a thriller, or a detective story, but a story about characters facing absence”. The next representations shall take place on 14th and 21st June, as well as on 2nd July 2017, at the season closing. All these shows are scheduled from 7.30 p.m., in the Black Box Hall.   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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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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