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The Long-Lived and Amazing Thriller “The Mousetrap“, Premiering at NTB!

08 February 2018

The National Theatre of Bucharest announces the premiere of the show The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, on Thursday, 15th and Friday, 16th February 2018, from 7.00 p.m., in the Studio Hall. The longest-lived play of all times and genres, The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, is expecting you with a double cast, consisting of popular NTB actors, to witness a story filled with suspense, blending dark humour, extreme situations, emotion and the twisted mind games. An irresistible classic thriller, in an elegant and attractive setting, created by the gifted scenographer Liliana Cenean and on a score imagined by composerVlaicu Golcea, perfect in order to replenish the atmosphere and sustain the tension. Erwin Şimşensohn signs the direction of this play. A … Mousetrap where nothing is what it seems to be, everyone has something to hide and surprises unfold at each wrong ... step. Thus, idyllic British scenery becomes over night the sight of a formidable detective novel, where every gesture represents potential evidence in court. At his second enactment on the stage of the National Theatre of Bucharest, after The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, in 2016, director Erwin Şimşensohn has stood out through a series of shows created on major stages in the country, at the "Mihai Eminescu" Theatre of Botoşani, the "Fani Tardini" Drama Theatre of Galaţi, the "Maria Filotti" Theatre of Brăila, the National Theatre of Târgu Mureş, as well as the Jewish Theatre and the Excelsior Theatre – of Bucharest. His shows have participated in a few national festivals. In 2014, he was nominated for the UNITER Debut Awards. With the show Butterflies are Free he reaped, at the Theatre Festival of Buzău, the „Buzău Loves Theatre” Award (2017), and with Nameless Star – the „Best Director” Award at the festCO Romanian Comedy Festival (2016). If in England, the play has been performed without interruption for a few decades, currently reaching the impressive figure of 27.000 shows, whereas some acting creations have become a part of the Guinness Book of Records, the Romanian audience of the year 2018 has the opportunity of witnessing the first enactment of the legendary play on a stage of the National Theatre of Bucharest. In England, upon the wish of Queen Mary, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary, BBC featured a radio theatre version of a play by Agatha Christie. It was Three Blind Mice, the one which would become so famous, but under a new name - The Mousetrap. The first enactment of the play took place in November 1952, at The Ambassadors, and after two decades the show was moved to the ampler stage of the elegant St. Martin’s Theatre. Only six years after the premiere, The Mousetrap was already breaking the record, becoming the longest-lived show in the history of British theatre. The scenery was replaced for the first time in the year 2000, and the new work faithfully followed the initial concept for the stage. In the 66 years elapsed since the premiere, over 400 actors were part of the London cast and among the acting records we shall mention David Raven, the most long-lived impersonator of major Metcalf, featuring 4575 representations. Agatha Christie has written this play based on a real case, which took place in 1945: the death, under mysterious circumstances, of a boy who had been adopted by a farmer and his wife in Shropshire. When the authoress made a gift to her grandson, Mathew Prichard, of the copyrights to the text, she also set out a few conditions. Among these, the play was not meant to be brought to the big screen only after minimum 6 months since the last representation given in a theatre, and the spectators were invited to keep the secret from the end of the show. The Mousetrap had notable enactments on all continents, from Australia, South Africa, China, Korea, Turkey, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Scandinavia, Venezuela up to the United States and Canada. Agatha Christie, designated by the Guinness Book of World Records – the best sold writer of all times, alongside William Shakespeare, stood out in the mystery novel genre, being surnamed the “Queen of Crime”. She published 80 novels and novellas of the genre, 19 theatre plays, being also the most translated author, into over 70 languages. For Agatha Christie, the show must be a kind of „horse race”, meaning always „somewhat amazing and a little disappointing”. We expect you to this amazing thriller, persuaded that, despite the predictions of the authoress, you shall not be disappointed at all. Starring some of the best-known actors of the National Theatre of Bucharest: Ileana Olteanu, Dragoş Stemate / Florin Călbăjos, Lari Giorgescu / Petre Ancuța, Simona Bondoc, Tomi Cristin, Ada Galeș / Cosmina Olariu, Mihai Calotă / Silviu Biriş, Gavril Pătru / Răzvan Oprea. As the first representations of this month have been sold out, in the conclusion of this presentation and upon the launch of the invitation, there is nothing left to us but reminding the authoress’ recommendation. Thus: We expect you to Monkswell Manor! By accepting the invitation to see this show, you shall become accomplices to a famous theatrical mystery, one of the best kept. We shall discover together who is the culprit, and it is up to us to perpetuate the secret from The Mousetrap, for the future spectators. The unexpected happens when the good spectators... are silent. Be part of the legend!   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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