NTB, between seasons, with a luggage filled with projects and invitations to festivals in Romania and abroad

09 July 2018

The curtain of the 2017-2018 season has fallen, on a pleasant summer evening, on Sunday 1st July, over the halls of the National Theatre of Bucharest, where the audience could applaud, for one last representation, Magic National in the Grand Hall, Little Hell – in the Studio Hall, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on the stage of the Painting Hall, Fool for Love at the Black Box Hall and, on the morning of the same day, in the Media Hall, The Magician of Stories, the beloved actor Marian Râlea and his assistants have wished the children Happy holidays through a highly appreciated Summer Carnival. Although already on holiday, the state of febrility, of preparation of the new season, can still be perceived inside the theatre. One of the best internationally acclaimed directors, Yuri Kordonski, who has worked at NTB on a far-reaching show, Heart of a Dog, has returned for a new ambitious project, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, starring Crina Semciuc and Ionuţ Toader in the roles of the famous lovers of universal dramaturgy. An enactment announcing itself one of the most exciting productions of the future season, with a team of first-rate producers, including scenographer Dragoş Buhagiar. The premiere scheduled for the season opening has already had the first encounter with the audience and has reaped the first appreciations. Loose Knit, this being the play of the American Theresa Rebeck, cherished in Romania as well, called by the New York Times „one of the most intelligent comedy of manners”, is a proposal advanced within the programme Open Doors to Everyone, with a masterful stage coordination by Ion Caramitru. Cast in this … knit web executed with special talent and acting nerve, were Irina Cojar, Costina Cheyrouze, Lamia Beligan, Brânduşa Mircea, Raluca Petra, Tomi Cristin, Marius Bodochi. Between humour and tear, the play unveils the flaws of the contemporary interhuman relationships, as difficult to develop, as rapid to loosen. Other famed directors have announced their projects in the Centenary Year at NTB, counting the original script by Radu Afrim, based on a novel by Liviu Rebreanu, Forest of the Hanged, enactment where we shall find alongside the famous characters of the novel, characters who seem to be detached from the yet unwritten chronicle of the year 2018… The project is due for work in autumn, with Alexandru Potocean in the role of Apostol Bologa. A play in 30 tableaus is the proposal of well-known film director Nae Caranfil. The Mute Parrot shall enter rehearsals at the end of September, enactment which shall benefit from the scenography of Dragoş Buhagiar and the choreography of Florin Fieroiu, the cast featuring popular names of the theatre, such as Claudiu Bleonţ, Magda Catone, Alexandru Bindea and many others. Another opportunity of discovering a wonderful cast is also the staging of a tragicomedy, The Rebels by Edna Mazia, translated from Hebrew by Etgard Bitel and bearing the directorial signature of Ion Caramitru. The month of August shall add to the track record of the show Magic National, recently presented at the International Theatre Festival „The Myths of the Citadel”, from Constanţa, further two invitations, the first participation being scheduled for 6th August 2018, at the International Theatre and Jazz Festival of Nishville, Serbia, and the second, at the Caragiale’s Bucharest Festival, 7th edition, event organised by the Bucharest Municipality through the Ion Creangă Theatre, scheduled in the time frame 29 August - 2 September 2018. The selection of the National Theatre Festival (NTF 2018), recently announced, includes two of the most valuable shows of the 2017 - 2018 season at NTB, Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco, directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu and Titanic Orchestra by Hristo Boicev, directed by Felix Alexa. In the immediately following period, the foyers of the Studio Hall shall remain open, at the audience’s request, for visiting the exhibition of Japanese prints, according to new opening hours - from 12.00 to 8.00 p.m. You are welcome to return to the halls of the National Theatre of Bucharest upon the reopening of schools, in mid-September, and we wish you most pleasant and relaxing holidays, also brightened by the memory of the shows you have witnessed at the National Theatre of Bucharest during this season.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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The NTB show "The Tempest" performed in Beijing to a full house and with a tremendous success!

28 June 2018

The I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest participated, with three representations of the show The Tempest by William Shakespeare's, in the International Theatre Festival, organised by the People's Art Theatre in Beijing (TAPB). This theatre company, founded in 1952, has enacted over 300 shows in various styles, ranging from classical Chinese themes to adaptations after Molière. The international festival it has been organising for eight editions has become a cultural brand of China, with the participation of numerous national and international theatre troupes. To the current edition, besides the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, which represented Romania, troupes from Poland, Russia, Lithuania, France and China were invited. The National Theatre tour in Beijing was a huge challenge for both Romanian and Chinese audiences, with so different cultural references. "The multi-awarded show with significant international successes" The Tempest ", in a more than amazing enactment, in which director Alexander Morfov combines classical nuances with modern ones, humorous emotions, impressed the audience in Beijing who watched it fascinated for three hours" , reports the Romanian Cultural Institute, the main financial supporter of the NTB tournament in Beijing. "The renowned actor Ion Caramitru in the role of Prospero offered the audience an acting performance of great force and sensitivity. Alongside other actors, Crina Semciuc (Miranda), Istvan Teglas (Ariel), Mihai Calin (Caliban), Ciprian Nicula (Ferdinand), Andrei Finti (Alonso), Ioan Andrei Ionescu (Antonio), Gavril Patru (Sebastian), Vitalie Bichir (Gonzalo), Mihai Calotă (Trinculo), Marcelo-S Cobzariu (Stephano), Alexandra Poiana (the Nymph), Eduard Carlan, Madalin Mandin, Ionut Toader, Axel Moustache and Eduard Adam shall certainly linger in the lifetime memory of Beijing spectators". "The show was great!", "Romanian theatre is excellent!", "I really liked it, the team of actors has a high artistic poise!" The National Theatre of Romania has a high level, the actors are excellent, and especially they have a vivid body language, contributing to a great extent to the success of the show. " Here are some of the audience's reactions at the end of the play, according to Luo Dongquan of China Radio International (CRI). The actors spoke in Romanian, but the script was translated by Shang Xiaolei and Pang Jiyang. Shang is an English translator and Pang is the head of the Romanian language department at the Beijing University of Foreign Studies. The Chinese translation was projected on the monitors that framed the stage, CRI reported. The three performances took place to a full house, remarkable being the presence in the audience of an impressive majority of young people. During the festival, Ion Caramitru, this time also in his capacity as General Manager of NTB, held a conference on the Romanian theatre, with a focus on the activity of the Bucharest National Theatre. The conference was moderated by one of the most renowned Chinese theatre actors, Pu Cunxin, who will soon play the role of Prospero, a role that Ion Caramitru presented to Beijing audiences. The actors' performance, the direction and scenography helped captivating the Chinese audience, providing a bridge that scattered cultural differences. Because, above all interpretations or cultural differences, NTB's "Tempest” is a show conceived in a universal language, a play about the demiurgic power of art and imagination.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Magic National continues its season through several summer events

27 June 2018

An eventful summer is announced for the concert-show of the National Theatre of Bucharest, directed by Ion Caramitru, Magic National, which pursues its success wherever it is presented, enchanting the audience through musical tunes filled with sensibility and temperament, in performances stirring rapturous applause at open stage, meant to reward both actors and musicians. After last summer’s success at Ohrid Summer Festival, Magic National has received a series of further invitations to participate in national and international festivals.On 27th June 2018, on the closing evening of the "Citadel Myths" International Theatre Festival, at its third edition this year, Magic National can be witnessed in the Ovidiu Square of Constanţa.Actors Ion Caramitru, Medeea Marinescu, Marius Manole, Tania Popa, Istvan Teglas, Anca Sigartău, Lari Giorgescu, Aylin Cadîr, Eduard Adam, Florin Călbăjos, Emilian Mârnea and Petre Ancuţa, masterfully accompanied by Emy Drăgoi, the king of accordion jazz and his bands, 3D Pro`ect, Jazz Hot Club Romania, together with percussionist Lucian Maxim shall offer the people present at the Constanta festival a fabulous evening of music, dance and poetry. "A unique representation in the theatre landscape which amazes through the mastery of blending music with word and body movement, a delight for any spectator", stated theatre critic Ileana Lucaciu about this show.At the beginning of August, Magic National shall have a representation on the stage of the International Theatre and Jazz Festival of Nishville, Serbia, and at the end of August, the Caragiale’s Bucharest Festival, at its seventh edition, event organized by the Mayor’s Office of the Bucharest Municipality through the Ion Creangă Theatre shall offer the inhabitants of Bucharest the opportunity of watching an open-air Magic National, on a stage located in Cişmigiu Park.In the conclusion of the NTB season, on Sunday 1st July 2018, from 8.00 p.m., the Bucharest audience is invited to the Grand Hall to discover the magic formula of this concert, to the success of which most beloved names of the stage contribute, alongside major musicians. Tickets for this last representation on the premises can be purchased from the NTB box office, (from the Grand Hall foyer) or online, on

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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 - 2018 Summer Programme!

19 October 2017

During the summer break, the Box Office shall operate according to the following schedule: July 2 - July 25 Monday to Friday: 12.00 - 6.00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday - Closed July 26 - August 6 From Monday to Sunday: 12.00 - 8.00 p.m. In the time frame 7 - 31 August 2018, ticket sale shall occur exclusively online! The NTB box office shall open on Saturday, 1st September, with normal schedule! Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to our shows!   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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