The Japanese culture celebrated at the ”I.L. Caragiale National Theatre through two exceptional events

12 June 2018 - 19 June 2018
The NTB actors sing, recite and dance at the Nisville Theatre and Jazz Festival 06 August 2018
Magic National, the exceptional concert-show of the National Theatre of Bucharest, which concluded the season on the grand stage of the theatre not long ago, continues its international career started last summer once with the participation in the Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia, where it sparked applause, praise, and a new invitation, this time at the Nisville Theatre and Jazz Festival (Niš), the third largest city in Serbia. On August 6, 2018, in the Amphitheater on the banks of the Nišava River, the magical tunes of the show, supported by some of NTB's most beloved actors alongside Emy Drăgoi, surnamed in France, the king of accordion jazz, will resonate in the landscape of poetry and History of Niš. Appreciated by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top 10 European festivals, the Nisville Jazz Festival has a complex structure in which we find an important section of theatre, another one of film, as well as book, poetry and comics. This year, the theatre sectionreunites 16 shows from 4 continents, coming from New Orleans, Shanghai, Marseilles, Cairo, Belgrade and the National Theatre of Bucharest, representing Romania at this Festival of Festivals, South BITEF, as the organizers like to consider it proudly. Besides, Mrs. Maja Mitić, the festival's selection and artistic director, theatre person and renowned university professor in her native country and abroad, recognizes the influences of world stage personalities such as Grotowski, Kantor, Eugenio Barba, Pina Bausch, Bob Wilson, Peter Brook, from whose creation he was inspired and perfected as an artist, watching them on the stage of the prestigious BITEF (Belgrade International Theater Festival). Through the multitude of artistic expressions gathered under the umbrella of the Nisville Theatre and Jazz Festival, as well as through the various ways of approaching the contemporary cultural phenomenon, theatre performances, concerts, films, workshops, debates and round tables, the festival aims at most vivid reactions from the participants and why not, even a change. On the stage of the Niš Amphitheatre, the local audience shall have the opportunity to watch the actors Ion Caramitru, performer and director of the show, Medea Marinescu, Marius Manole, Tania Popa, Istvan Teglas, Anca Sigartău, Lari Giorgescu, Aylin Cadir, Eduard Adam, Florin Calaboy , Emilian Mernea, Petre Ancuta, who are joined for this tour show by the Japanese soprano Ato Kawara. The musical soul of the event shall be, as usual, Emy Drăgoi and his enchanted accordion, seconded on the musical line by 3D Pro'ect and Jazz Hot Club Romania and by the percussionist Lucian Maxim. Also noteworthy is that on the evening of August 7, Emy Drăgoi and his band are invited to perform a separate concert within the jazz festival, on the River Stage. At the end of September, the Magic National shall meet again with the NTB audience in a surprise show. Until then, at the end of August, Caragiale’s Bucharest Festival awaits the inhabitants of Bucharest to a Magic National outdoor, on a stage that shall be located in Cismigiu Park.     Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  
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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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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
  In the time frame 7 - 31 August 2018, ticket sale shall occur exclusively online! The NTB box office shall open on Monday, August 27, 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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