The show Old Clown Wanted included in the National Campaign Artists for Artists

08 March 2017

On the World Theatre Day, we invite you to enjoy the theatre and at the same time make a good deed! The „I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest is supporting, as every year, alongside other theatres from Bucharest and Romania, the Artists for Artists National Campaign by donating all proceeds resulting from the ticket sale for a show from the current repertoire. This year, the choice of the National Theatre is Old Clown Wanted, the recent premiere from the Studio Hall, scheduled for Monday, 27 March 2017, from 7.30 p.m.   In Vişniec’s play, performed on all world meridians, three old clowns, Nicollo, Filippo and Peppino meet in front of an employment notice, ready to give everything for a last trick. In Ion Caramitru’s version for the stage, “Old Clown Wanted is a show washing your soul and telling a lot about the force of our frailness, about the seductive burden of innocence which we cannot renounce like Atlas could not shed the celestial sphere thrown onto his shoulders", Răzvana Niţă remarked in the Radio Theatre Magazine. „Old Clown Wanted is anchored in the scarce series of sensational shows, where mature spectators recollect the joys of childhood, and the children who may escort them are amazed by the magic of clowns and the art of the circus artist. This show is also sensational in order to know and retain the names of some total artists, but also to discover the surprise of technical and modern possibilities held by the National Theatre of Bucharest, highlighted with inventiveness by director Ion Caramitru and his team" - Ileana Lucaciu, Spectator. The National Campaign Artists for Artists is supported by the Romanian Theatre Union (UNITER), with the aid of theatres from Bucharest and country-wide (31 shows in the current edition), aiming at supporting artists who have dedicated their lives to the stage and in need of financial aid. The proceeds from the sale of the show Old Clown Wanted of 27 March 2017 shall be donated to the Theatrical Solidarity Fund. The purchase of a ticket to this show, scheduled for 27th March, when the World Theatre Day is celebrated, shall bring you beside the joy of viewing one of the recent NTB premieres also the satisfaction of a charitable gesture in support of the artists in need. Help us help them!                  Tickets are available at the NTB box office and online on and on   Bucharest: 12 March: The Three Venetian Twins by Antonio Collalto, directed by Nona Ciobanu, Small Theatre Bucharest 14 March: The Story of the Pig, after a fairytale by Ion Creangă, script and direction by Mircea Cornişteanu, „Ion Creangă” Theatre Bucharest. The show is performed at the Excelsior Theatre 17 March: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, directed by Alexandru Dabija, Comedy Theatre Bucharest 19 March: I Keep Going, with Oana Pellea and Mihai Gruia Sandu, Metropolis Theatre Bucharest 19 March: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Diana Lupescu, „Nottara” Theatre Bucharest 19 March: Titanic Vals by Tudor Muşatescu, directed by Alexandru Dabija, Odeon Theatre Bucharest 21 March: Two Coins Purse, after Ion Creangă, script, direction and musical score by Decebal Marin, Ţăndărică Animation Theatre of Bucharest 25 March: Sauce for the Goose by Georges Feydeau, directed by Alexandru Mâzgăreanu, „Nottara” Theatre of Bucharest 26 March: Nastasia, a show by Mihai Mălaimare, Masca Theatre Bucharest 26 March: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Horia Suru, Small Theatre Bucharest 27 March: Old Clown Wanted by Matei Vişniec, directed by Ion Caramitru, „I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest 29 March: Dibuk by S. Anski, script and direction by Chris Simion-Mercurian, Jewish State Theatre Bucharest 29 March: Thumbelina, after Hans Christian Andersen, adaptation and direction by Aurel Mitran, Excelsior Theatre Bucharest   Country-wide: 28 February: The Bear Tricked by the Fox, adaptation for the stage by Delia Gavliţchi after Ion Creangă, directed by Mariana Ivaşcu, „Merlin” Theatre for Children and Youth Timişoara 8 March: The Honourable Gathering, directed by Lendvai Zoltán, „Csíki Játékszín” Municipal Theatre of Miercurea-Ciuc 11 March: The Merry Wives of Windsor after William Shakespeare, adaptation for the stage and artistic direction by Alexandru Vasilache, „Mihai Eminescu” Theatre of Botoşani 15 March: The Nameless Star, by Mihail Sebastian directed by Erwin Şimşensohn, National Theatre of Târgu-Mureş – „Liviu Rebreanu” company 15 March: The Hut by Aiat Fayez, direction and stage design by Tudor Lucanu, „Regina Maria” Theatre, Oradea 16 March: The Mistress of the Inn after Carlo Goldoni, collective direction, „Tudor Vianu” Theatre Giurgiu 18 March: The Man Who Saw Death by Victor Eftimiu, version for the stage by Andreea Vulpe, directed by Cristi Juncu, „Toma Caragiu” Theatre Ploieşti 18 March: Shakespeare, Sonnet 66, after W. Shakespeare, directed by Kokan Mladenović, „Csiky Gergely” Hungarian State Theatre Timişoara 19 March: Life Never Asks You Anything. One Woman Show with Wanessa Radu, directed by Anca Cismaru, „Maria Filotti” Theatre Brăila 22 March: The RA Lion, a musical by Marius Popa and Cezar Ghioca, „Andrei Mureşanu” Theatre of Sfântu Gheorghe 24 March: The Old Man’s Daughter and the Old Woman’s Daughter, adaptation for the stage by Valentin Dobrescu, after Ion Creangă, directed by Todor Valov, „Colibri” Children and Youth Theatre Craiova 24 March: The Pelican by August Strindberg, directed by Cătălin Vasiliu, „Fani Tardini” Drama Theatre of Galaţi 24 March: Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, directed by Charles Muller, German State Theatre Timişoara 25 March: An Oak Tree by Tim Crouch, directed by Bobi Pricop, Youth Theatre Piatra Neamţ 25 March: Ubu King by Alfred Jarry, direction and stage design by Tudor Lucanu, „Anton Pann” Theatre of Râmnicu-Vâlcea 25 March: In Caragiale’s World, script by Călin Ciobotari, after „Moments and Sketches” by I.L. Caragiale”, directed by Antonella Cornici, „Aureliu Manea” Theatre Turda 26 March: Nora by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Dumitru Lazăr Fulga, „Bacovia” Municipal Theatre of Bacău 27 March: The Fox, directed by Florin Zamfirescu, „Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu 28 March: The Metamorphosis, after Franz Kafka, directed by Ion Sapdaru, „Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre of Iaşi 30 March: The Tiger of Our Town by Gianina Cărbunariu, directed by Bobi Pricop, „Matei Vişniec” Municipal Theatre of Suceava 30 March: The Retro Bird hits the block and falls on the hot concrete, directed by Radu Afrim, National Theatre of Târgu-Mureş – „Tompa Miklós” Company Join the Campaign, buy tickets, enjoy the theatre and do a good deed! The amounts raised from the ticket sales, donations and sponsorships can be transferred into the account RO40RZBR0000060007801286 open at Raiffeisen Bank, Piaţa Amzei Agency, Theatrical Solidarity Fund. 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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