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The National Theatre of Bucharest starts the season with all the halls included in the game

14 September 2018

The 2018-2019 season is the first after the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, which opens its doors by inviting the audience to all 7 halls with a wide range of events, both theatrical, as well as from the "paratheatrical" category. The official premiere of Loose Knit by the American Theresa Rebeck, opens at the Black Box Hall the series of new enactments. Staged within the "Open Doors to Everyone" Programme, Loose Knit is "one of the smartest comedies of manners," as the New York Times called it. A play that is rife with witty, sarcastic and incredibly entertaining dialogues. A show with generous scores, where you shall encounter Irina Cojar, Costina Cheyrouze, Lamia Beligan, Bringsa Mircea, Raluca Petra, Tomi Cristin and Marius Bodochi, in a project coordinated by Ion Caramitru. The next premiere of the season, Romeo and Juliet, in the dramatic vision and direction of Yuri Kordonski, shall take place at the Studio Hall (in a configuration of the arena type) on September 29 and 30, 2018. The show promises a surprise both for spectators who expect a classical enactment of the Shakespearean masterpiece and for the "fans" of the Russian director, who shall discover him in a completely different posture than the one known in the performances so far directed in the Bucharest theatres. Romeo and Juliet are two contemporary lovers, and the show will undoubtedly be an event that all theatre lovers receptive to non-conformist artistic approaches shall appreciate. One of the most spectacular productions of NTB, The Tempest after Shakespeare, directed by Alexander Morfov, with Ion Caramitru in one of the key roles of Shakespearean Dramaturgy - Prospero - can be seen again at NTB's Grand Hall in the spectacular scenography of the Bulgarian Nikola Toromanov. And here, the stage sets are back home after crossing the 12,000-kilometers round trip, and after three performances in Beijing in front of nearly 3,000 spectators, at an International Theatre Festival organized by Beijing People's Art Theatre. In the different stages of preparation, there are two major productions: Nae Caranfil’s Mute parrot, after his own script, a seductive and thrilling text about the most important mission of an almost forgotten spy. The scenography is signed by Dragoş Buhagiar, and the premiere is announced at the Studio Hall in the beginning of this winter. The other enactment, Forest of the Hanged is a stage dramatization of Liviu Rebreanu's famous novel by Radu Afrim, and he shall bring the stage text to the Grand Hall in the scenography by Vanda Sturdza, a project whereby NTB enters the Centenary series of celebrations. At the 4th edition of the Romanian National Theatre Reunion, which takes place in the time frame 19-30 September in Kishinev, the National Theatre of Bucharest shall present on Friday, September 21, 2018, the show The Letter - after "A Lost Letter" by IL Caragiale , directed by Horaţiu Mălăele. Entering the circuit of the NTB's performance halls, the open-air Amphitheatre on the roof, inaugurated in June this year, offers audiences in early autumn and season the opportunity to enjoy a series of concerts held by well-known performers and bands, whose schedule can be found on the NTB website. The first concerts have already been held since September 8 and shall continue until the end of the month, as long as the weather forecast is on our side! The reopening of the exhibition season at NTB was marked by the opening, on September 11, 2018, of a large group exhibition where, in the Rotonda, in the foyer of the Small Hall of NTB, works were exhibited by 19 artists with the specialties of tapestry, printmaking, fashion and textile object under the generic title Textile Arts Days, Bucharest, 2nd edition, 2018. The exhibition shall remain open until October 11, 2018. We are waiting for you in the theatre halls, in the foyers with unusual exhibitions, as well as at the highest level of the building, in the Amphitheatre, at the micro-concert season of September 2018.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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"One of the Most Intelligent Comedies of Manners", Premiering at NTB!

14 September 2018

The „I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest announces on the days of 14 and 15 September 2018, 7.30 p.m., the premiere of the show Loose Knit with the play of the American Theresa Rebeck, author and screen writer performed successfully on Broadway and highly appreciated at Hollywood, with noteworthy achievements in the production of TV series. Staged within the Programme „Open Doors to Everyone”, Loose Knit is “one of the most intelligent comedies of manners”, according to the New York Times. A play rife with witty, sarcastic and incredibly jocular dialogues. A show with generous scores for the actresses and actors of the National Theatre of Bucharest, where you shall re-encounter Irina Cojar, Costina Cheyrouze, Lamia Beligan, Brânduşa Mircea, Raluca Petra, Tomi Cristin and Marius Bodochi, in a project coordinated by Ion Caramitru. Knitting is not only for old ladies! In Theresa Rebeck’s comedy, five elderly women  meet weekly to knit. But the wool yarn of the ball is not the main plot of the story. This is because each of the five women needs to face challenges raised by life or…men. Among betrayals and disappointments, the characters get to know the therapeutic power of humour and forgiveness. The humour of the play partially conceals a dark picture in which relationships between people develop as difficult as they loosen, like the knitted fabrics which the protagonists of the play intertwine. Theresa Rebeck is a highly enacted American playwright, well-known also in Romania on the occasion of a Romanian-American cultural exchange within the ARTE programme, in 2010. In America, more than 10 of her plays have been performed, the list of theatrical productions including Omnium Gatherum (written in collaboration with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros), play which reached the final in the Pulitzer Prize contest. New York Times referred to Rebeck as to "one of the significant talents of her generation". The numerous television scripts she wrote include the well-known series NYPD Blue – Cop Life, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, as well as the NBC series - Smash. „I am a woman, an American, a mother, sometimes I write for the television, sometimes I write movie scripts; I play the piano, I knit, I snap at the universe; I am furious, I am sad; I have a fibre of a comical realism, but also a note of misanthropy and idealism. You can classify both me and my work in many ways. But me, personally, I would rather be considered a playwright”. Theresa Rebeck At the Black Box Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest, a new American comedy awaits you! Tickets have been put up for sale at the NTB box office, as well as online, on www.mystage.ro.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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NTB Inaugurates the New Amphitheatre

24 May 2018

  In the warm season, NTB invites you to its new Amphitheatre, on the roof of the Grand Hall The summer season brings to the Capital’s landscape a new outdoor playground, which shall bear the name Amphitheatre, located on theroof of the”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre, at the highest level of the building, above the terrace offering a unique panorama of the Bucharest centre. The new Amphitheatre shall host, beside the shows from the current and future NTB repertoire, adapted to the conditions of this new space, also representations of other institutions interested in renting this space. The new stage can offer a unique framework for varied artistic manifestations, appropriate for the warm season, from May to October: theatre plays, recitals, concerts, fashion shows, jazz evenings, one woman and one man show etc. Not lastly, within the framework of the programme "Open Doors to Everyone", NTB actors are invited to propose projects especially dedicated to this space, which shall function in the summer season. With a capacity of 299 seats, arranged on seat rows in steps, the new Amphitheatre has the following features: The structure is located at the altitude +24.50 m / wing A1. At the same altitude, the following spaces are located: - The actual ”Hall”, with a surface of de 431,56 sqm; - 5 fitting rooms (93,33 sqm); - The foyer and space for the actors’ regrouping (103,22 sqm) ; - The technical booths for lights and sound (17,40 sqm) The performance space has a surface of approximately 230 sqm. The space has a wood imitation floor, practical from an acoustic point of view and more appropriate for the artistic act, covered with a stage carpet. There is no surmounted stage, but traversables can be installed. The space does not have an attic, nor backstage: the scenery can only be fastened through counterweights. The reflectors for the stage lighting are located under a metal semi-cylindrical canopy with a diameter of 2m, located circularly above the acting space. The Amphitheatre launch shall be hosted on the evening of 24th May 2018, when the guests to the event shall be able to try out the possibilities of the new NTB acting space, which opens the gates for the spectators at night, for a first summer season, which we wish to be as manifold as possible.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu    Photo gallery

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Box Office

19 October 2017

  As of Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., the NTB Box Office has moved to the Grand Hall Foyer! Spectators' access shall be made in front of the theatre, the main entrance from the University Passage (Nicolae Bălcescu Blvd.).   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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