Ambassadors of the National ‘Artists for Artists' Campaign 2019

01 March 2019
The National Theatre of Bucharest conquered Kishinev with two successful shows! 16 April 2019
At its 6th edition this year, the programme Romanian Theatre Tour in Bucharest, Iasi and Kishinev started at the end of January, through two National Theatre representations in Kishinev, that were previously performed in Iasi and Bucharest: The Carnival by I.L. Caragiale, directed by Alexa Visarion and The Cherry Orchard by A.P. Chekhov, directed by Alexandru Cozub. In the second part of the tour, on April 13th and 14th, 2019, at the Grand Hall of the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre in Kishinev, the audience encountered two of NTB's most appreciated creations: The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, directed by Erwin Simsensohn and Once Upon a Time in Romania, a drama directed by Dragos Huluba, following a script he signed with Eduard Adam and Violeta Huluba. Both performances were performed to a full house, indicating that the public beyond the Prut is looking forward and happy to meet with the Romanian theatre. And it was not at all disappointed, on the contrary, proof being the long minutes of applause and cheers at the end of the two evenings. "Another beautiful emotion has ended. I am glad that the project is successful, and as I have conceived it with Mr. Ion Caramitru in 2014, when I created that beautiful exchange of Romanian Theatre tours in Bucharest and Kishinev. We are already at the sixth edition and we are already thinking about the National Theatre Reunion this fall. It ended, as expected, successfully and with the audience's applause, which are the most beautiful rewards for those on stage, for us, actors" declared actor Petru Hadarcă, Director of the "Mihai Eminescu" National Theatre of Kishinev. At the end of the first evening, a spectator felt like sharing that the achievement of this project "Is a good idea: as much as possible, as often as possible. We try to come and not miss this opportunity. I am afraid of the situation where it shall be cheaper to get the local audience out there. " In his turn, the director of the show "The Mousetrap", Erwin Simsensohn, declared immediately after the first performance: "It is great in Kishinev! A very warm, very friendly, extremely good audience, a smart audience. It is for the third time that a play of mine is performed in Kishinev. It is a wonderful theatre, I am honoured, it seems to me important for the Romanian theatre to perform here on Bessarabian soil, or I could say better on Romanian soil."   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Class, an Explosive Confrontation Sparked by the Learning Process 07 April 2019
At the National Theatre of Bucharest, at the end of this week, one of the latest creations of Irish drama, Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan, translated by Andrei Marinescu and directed by Felix Alexa, shall enter the limelight, a play that won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, and was declared the Best Theatre Script in 2018 at the Zebbie Awards, organized by the Writers’ Guild of Ireland (Writers’ Guild of Ireland). Written in a cinematic style with non-linear, interlinked scenes, Class is a text in which the apparent simplicity of dialogues and actions counterbalances the endless depths and complexities beyond the surface of words. A play as a true snapshot of 21st century society, where tensions are rapidly escalating, revealing "a highly toxic mix of anger, resentment and despair" (The Scotsman). Brian and Donna's nine-year-old son is in trouble. At least that is what his teacher claims. He also says a psychologist should see him. But Brian and Donna - who recently broke up - never liked school or teachers. Class is a piece about learning difficulties: in school, in life, anywhere. Director Felix Alexa for this explosive showdown between parents, teachers and students, both funny and tense, selected the following cast: Richard Bovnoczki (Ray McCafferty), Gavril Patru (Brian Costello), Alexandra Salceanu (Donna Costello), Ciprian Nicula ( Jayden Costello) and Sandra Ducuta (Kaylie). Everything will take place in scenography designed by Andrada Chiriac. The authors, the Irish Iseult Golden and David Horan, are two theatre people who, over a decade, have been writing and enacting in collaboration original plays and adaptations after classical plays. Iseult Golden is an actress and playwright, who  founded in 2000, with Carmel Stephens, the Inis Theatre in Dublin. David Horan is the director, the two met when Inis Theater invited Horan to stage the first play in this theatre, "The world's wife." "Lady Susan," "To kill a dead man," and "Tick My Box" ensued,  which caused a stir at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2004, where Iseult Golden won the Best Actress Award. The first encounters with the audience of the new NTB show shall take place on Sunday 7th and Thursday, April 11th, 2019 from8.00 p.m. at the Black Box Hall. The official premiere is scheduled for April 12th and 23rd, 2019. Tickets can be purchased from the NTB box office, as well as online on   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The Door Mat, a New Premiere at NTB! 21 March 2019
After a long absence, the comedy The Door Mat by Ion Baiesu returns to the Bucharest billboard! The National Theatre announces the premiere of The Door Matby Ion Baiesu, directed by Mircea Cornisteanu, to be held on Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd, 2019, from 7.00 p.m. at the Studio Hall. A new bet with a long-lasting title on the Romanian stages and a colourful world that does not stubbornly disappear, not just from the block ... Considered one of the most enacted performances of the Romanian theatre, the comedy "The Door Mat" premiered for the first time in 1972 at the Comedy Theatre, when Ion Cojar - the director of that enactment, chose for the lead role of Filofteia, a young woman then, actress Stela Popescu. The show was performed without interruption until 1989, when it was stopped by the censorship of the time. With numerous enactments on stage in the country and even on stages abroad, The Door Mat returns after almost three decades to the Capital. The lively and hilarious characters of the play are impersonated at NTB by: Emilia Popescu - alternate role with Raluca Petra, Marius Rizea, Alexandru Bindea, Ovidiu Cuncea, Monica Davidescu, Tatiana Constantin, Tomi Cristin, Eduard Adam, Dragos Ionescu, Erika Baiesu, Irina Antonie and Alexandru Barbu. The scenery, a miniature block world, a significant part of the plot, is created by scenographer Puiu Antemir and the costumes by Liliana Cenean, also a well-known name of the Romanian scenography. "I wrote this play to make people laugh," said Ion Baiesu, placing a contemporary mirror in front of his contemporaries in order to recognize themselves with the quirks, issues and delights of collective life. "We fall with laughter at what we see, forgetting most often that we laugh at ourselves. It would not be wrong if, for a moment, we thought we might look like those we laugh at", says director Mircea Cornisteanu, who promises a much more sparkling comedy than his previous enactment, created in Craiova in 1985 . You are expected to the ... block of flats, to discover, amidst comic investigations, the mysterious creature that rushes, unknown, unseen, with boots thick with mud, leaving heavy traces on the woolen door mat ofproud Pamfil, an official in the buildingcommittee. The following performances are scheduled for March 31st and April 3rd, 2019 from 7.00 p.m.! Tickets at the NTB Box Office and online on   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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NTB Nominations for the UNITER Awards 2019 22 February 2019
For the twenty-first edition of the UNITER Awards, the jury composed of theatre critics Monica Andronescu, Oana Bors and Mircea Morariu decided the following nominations for the IL Caragiale National Theatreof Bucharest: Nomination for Best performance: The Forest of the Hanged, after Liviu Rebreanu, script, direction and sound by Radu Afrim Nomination for Best Lead Actor: Alexandru Potocean, for the role of Apostol Bologa in The Forest of the Hanged, after Liviu Rebreanu, script, direction and sound by Radu Afrim Nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Natalia Calin for the role of Mrs. Bologa in The Forest of the Hanged, after Liviu Rebreanu, script, direction and sound by Radu Afrim Nomination for Best Scenography: Cosmin Florea, for the scenography of the show The Forest of the Hanged after Liviu Rebreanu, script, direction and sound by Radu Afrim   The UNITER Senate decided to award the Special Prize to musician Marius Mihalache for the "Saftita" project. More details here   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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