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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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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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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