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„The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” – Best Show Award, at TEEN-FEST

09 October 2017

The jury of the Teen-Fest Festival, composed of pupils, has awarded on Sunday, 8th October 2017, the Best Show Award to the NTB production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time after Mark Haddon, directed by Bobi Pricop. The production, extremely popular and appreciated both by the audience and by the specialised critics, has received over the last years several distinctions and nominations, including: Best Show Award, Best Director (Bobi Pricop) and Award for Best Actor in a Leading Part (Ciprian Nicula), at the International Theatre Festival of Oradea, UNITER nomination to the Best Director Award (Bobi Pricop) and UNITER nomination to the Award for Best Actor in a Leading Part (Ciprian Nicula). Director Bobi Pricop and the team of the show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time after Mark Haddon, adaptation Simon Stephens, translation Andrei Marinescu, stage design Adrian Damian, video projections Dan Adrian Ionescu & Mizdan Negatron, score Alexei Turcan, light design Andrei Florea, starring Ciprian Nicula, Emilian Oprea, Ana Ciontea, Rodica Ionescu, Carmen Ungureanu have received the Grand Prize in the Theatre category, at the Radio Romania Cultural Awards Gala, 17th edition.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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4 x NTB at FNT plus a VIP Prize!

09 October 2017

In the current edition of the National Theatre Festival, the greatest number of shortlisted shows from a single theatre belongs to the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest. In other words, 4 times NTB at FNT! In order to mark once again the success of the past season, where the billboard of the National Theatre of Bucharest has reunited great names of classical and contemporary drama, remarkable actors, as well as top-class Romanian and foreign directors, we have undertaken to meet the most loyal NTB spectators at FNT with a prize. The spectators who shall witness all four NTB productions to be presented on the theatre stages in the time frame 20 - 30 October 2017, within the National Theatre Festival, have the opportunity of winning a Special VIP package from the hosts. Behold, thus, the four shows who have received the endorsement of the demanding selection of the National Theatre Festival, 2017 edition: On Monday 23rd October 2017, from 6.00 p.m., the grand stage awaits you with King Lear by William Shakespeare, a spectacular staging filled with surprises, of a very special visual inventiveness, on the specific note of Georgian director David Doiashvili, one of the trendiest directors of the moment. On Wednesday 25th October 2017, from 8.00 p.m., in the Studio Hall, Old Clown Wanted! In a surprising atmosphere proposed by Ion Caramitru, who directs the show and stage designer Florilena Popescu – Fărcășanu – and performed by the three musical clown-actors: Petre Ancuţa, Florin Călbăjos and Emilian Mârnea, Matei Vişniec's play puts on new clothes and unveils unsuspected meanings even for the connoisseurs of the work of the most enacted Romanian playwright. On Thursday 26th October 2017, from 8.00 p.m., in the Studio Hall, a troubling story, based on the script of an Oscar-awarded movie, No Man’s Land! – now also in a version for the stage, directed by Bulgarian Alexander Morfov, well-known to you due to his previous enactments from NTB, The Tempest and The Visit. A wonderful team of actors, led by Mihai Călin, Richard Bovnoczki (nominated for this role for the UNITER Awards) and Ciprian Nicula impersonate one of the most human and unpredictable stories derived from the wars of contemporary world, signed by Bosnian writer Danis Tanović. On Friday 27th October 2017, from 8.00 p.m., in the Black Box Hall, Shadows – the play by Spanish writer Marilia Samper, herself the authoress of a successful enactment of her own text. This time, the director is a young man on the rise, Vlad Cristache, starring exclusively actors of the current NTB troupe (!), where you can applaud Ana Ciontea, Gheorghe Visu, Mircea Rusu, Gavril Pătru, the younger Alice Sălceanu and Emilian Mârnea, alongside the unrivalled couple Mariana Mihuţ and Victor Rebengiuc… Come and see all our shows from FNT, keep the tickets and register for the competition! Do not miss the chance to win an exceptional ”VIP package” at the National Theatre of Bucharest! For details regarding the competition, you are invited to access the web page www.tnb.ro, as well as the official Facebook page - "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest. Media partners: TVR, RFI, Gold FM and Radio Romantic. You are welcome to the theatre! Contest regulation

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The Opening of the NTB Season – Forceful Debut, on Site and on Tour!

13 September 2017

  After a summer rich in international encounters, during which the „I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest has participated, with standing ovation followed by most gratifying echoes, in the Forest International Festival of Thessaloniki with The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by Alexander Morfov, and with Magic National - concert-show directed by Ion Caramitru – in the Ohrid Summer Festival, further shows of the theatre are expected in the next period abroad, at first-rate cultural events. The Idol and Ion Anapoda, a show which has made history on the NTB Stages and Placebo (D)Effect, collective creation directed by Ştefan Lupu, one of the top achievements of the 9G Programme at NTB, shall represent the Bucharest National Theatre at the third National Theatre Reunion of Chişinău, on the 21st and 22nd September 2017, both representations being scheduled to take place in the Grand Hall of the „Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre of Chişinău. The opening of the new season of the National Theatre of Bucharest is marked by the resumption of a highly successful show, on the billboard for 7 seasons, The Dinner Game by Francis Veber and through a premiere signed by one of the most gifted directors of the new generation, Bobi Pricop. The play UFO, by Ivan Vyrypaev in a modern vision, with a promising cast (Ada Galeș, Istvan Teglaș, Ciprian Nicula, Mihai Călin, Raluca Aprodu, Medeea Marinescu, Ion Caramitru – in the order indicated by the author) becomes, on the stage of the Painting Hall, the surprising show of the encounter between technology and emotion, between art and digital programming, between the innovations rebuilding theatre and the truths that have always defined it. The second premiere of the season is betting on a surprise cast. The Cherry Orchard by A.P. Chekhov brings back to the attention of the Romanian audience the Georgian director David Doiashvili, the premiere being scheduled for the end of this month – 28 and 29 September 2017. The show shall be performed on the grand stage of NTB, with the audience seated on the very stage! The show is also expected with utmost interest at the Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre, where it shall be performed within a tour, on 8th and 9th October 2017, both representations of the festival being already sold out, within only two hours since their being put up for sale! Further titles are already – or shall go – into rehearsals, with their premieres to be held until the end of the year: Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu, Orchestra Titanic by Hristo Boicev, directed by Felix Alexa, The Blizzard by Barbu Ştefănescu Delavrancea, directed by Alexandru Dabija. Launched almost eight decades ago by Ion Marin Sadoveanu, The National Theatre Conferences have returned to the stage of the Black Box Hall as of 2006, giving the opportunity of hearing lectures of prominent personalities of Romanian culture on the most diverse and exciting topics. The first conference of this season, The Female Inferno and Brumaru’s Angels, shall take place in the Black Box Hall, on Sunday 24th September 2017, with the very poet Emil Brumaru as its guest, the author of one of the most original universes of Romanian poetry. A series of shows of the 9G Programme at NTB, intended for the young theatre creators of Romania, can be witnessed on the occasion of the national festivals in the next period: The Girl Soldier, at the Short Theatre Festival of Oradea (28 September), ActOrchestra at the National Theatre Festival for Children and Youth “Child in Europe”, Timișoara (3 October) and the 200 Years Anniversary of the Oraviţa Theatre (5 October), The Girl Soldier - with 2 representations at the International Theatre Festival – FE(A)ST on the Boulevard in Bucharest (on 8 October, from 5.00 and 7.00 p.m.), After Hours at the National Comedy Festival of Galați (14 October), Europe Hotel and The Girl Soldier at the De-butan-T Festival of Sfântu Gheorghe - (30 and 31 October), and Love and Information shall be presented within the Festival I Plead for YOU(ng), Piatra Neamţ (12 November). The current edition of the National Theatre Festival comprises one of the richest selections of shows from the NTB repertoire; not less than 4 productions of the past season shall be featured in the time frame 20 - 30 October 2017, in Bucharest: Old Clown Wanted by Matei Vişniec, directed by Ion Caramitru, No Man’s Land by Danis Tanović, adaptation, direction and musical illustration by Alexander Morfov, King Lear by William Shakespeare, direction and stage design by David Doiashvili, Shadows by Marilia Samper, direction, stage design, musical illustration and lighting design Vlad Cristache. In the theatre’s exhibition spaces, the visual arts loving audience shall be invited to two comprehensive exhibitions, produced within the programme NTB Paratheatrical - Visual Arts: on 19 September 2017, at 6.00 p.m., in the Rotunda of the Small Hall lobby, the Yearly Salon of the Graphic Department of the Romanian Artists Guild shall be opened, under the title Applied Art, and on 20 September, 6.00 p.m., the Media foyer (Intercontinental wing) shall host the opening of the graphic exhibition of the artist Georgeta Năpăruş – Letters and Characters, with novel works from the Grigorescu Family collection. The National Theatre of Bucharest promises thus a new season to its audience, under the sign of artistic excellence, with a powerful debut, on site and on tour! We invite you to stay tuned! Tickets: at the NTB box office, 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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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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