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Hamlet in Spicy Sauce – from Kishinev to Bucharest

16 January 2022
Beginning of the Year 2022 at NTB! 10 January 2022
The beginning of a year, be it an atypical one, with restrictions imposed by the pandemic, is still a moment of balance but also one open to the projects that need to be started, continued, or completed. 10 years after the premiere of "The Letter", one of the most personal visions that made the Caragiale 2012 programme unique at NTB, Horațiu Mălăele proposes for 2022 (when we celebrate the 170th anniversary since the author's birth) a spectacular version, "revised and improved" : if in 2012, the director Mălăele had opted to give up the entire act 3 of Caragiale's comedy, on January 12th, 2022, A Lost Letter returns to the stage of NTB's "Ion Caramitru" Hall in its entirety, with all the ingredients added by the last act of this delicious love story and political intrigue. "A Lost Letter" is a show built on the profile of the old Letter, in a new formula, added and enriching, towards the peace of conservatives and the passion of theatre lovers, says Horaţiu Mălăele. A brilliant cast will give life to the world so colourful on the stage and behind the scenes of Romanian politics. Along with: Horațiu Mălăele (Dandanache), Mircea Rusu (Tipătescu), Virgil Ogăşanu (Trahanache), Mihai Constantin (Caţavencu), Marian Râlea (The drunk citizen), Raluca Petra (Zoe), Marius Rizea (Farfuridi), Mihai Calotă / Eduard Adam (Brânzovenescu), Marcelo S. Cobzariu (Pristanda), many “citizens” and “policemen” will enter the stage, as well as a fabulous orchestra conducted by the accordion master, Emy Drăgoi. The first performances in 2022 will take place on January 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th and 20th. On the Day of National Culture, on January 15th, 2022, the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre offers to those interested free guided tours at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00 (within the available seats, in order of registration). The maximum number of visitors for 1 tour is 15 people. Registrations can be made starting with January 12th, 2022 between 10.00 - 16.00 at 021.314.71.71 (NTB Box Office). The meeting point with Ionuț Corpaci for the guided tours: in front of the Box Office from the foyer of the NTB “Ion Caramitru” Hall. Access only based on a green certificate. Wearing a mask is mandatory throughout the visit. The plays from the traditional repertoire are complemented by a new title, starting with January 13th, 2022, in the programme of NTB's Studio Hall: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Paul Zindel's play marks an extraordinary new encounter with a grand actress, Oana Pellea, seconded by Alexandrina Halic, Florina Gleznea, Cristina Casian. A text whose expressiveness, blending moments of drama, poetry, humour, sarcasm, self-irony, earned its author a Pulitzer Prize in 1971. The show talks about the tense relationship between generations, about making fun of a miserable life, about despair to a mother who lives with the care of tomorrow, but also about hope. Mariana Cămărășan's show extracts poetry from the prose of a hard life, lending the text rhythm, frenzy, sensitivity, and humour. A play-metaphor about three "marigolds" exposed to the strongest radiation, those of life: when the radiation is well dosed, the marigolds come to life; when the radiation is too strong, the delicate flowers wither. The Romanian Theatre Tour in Bucharest, Iasi and Kishinev continues this year as well! On the evening of January 16th, on the stage of the Studio Hall, the „Mihai Eminescu National Theatre of Kishinev opens the tour - 2022 edition, being also the 8th - with the show Hamlet in Spicy Sauce by Aldo Nicolaj, directed by Alexandru Cozub, with a single representation. Along with this programme news, a manifold repertoire awaits you in the theatre halls! We remind you of the premieres of 2021, which we warmly invite you not to miss. These were: Incognito - Open Doors for Everybody programme, Let's talk about life! - Play of the Year 2020, UNITER contest, Carnival Stuff, Stupid Fucking Bird - Open Doors for Everybody programme, Kiritza, of the Game of… - show produced by NTB in co-production with the Art Production Foundation and Gigi Căciuleanu Romania Dance Company with the support of JTI (200th anniversary of Alecsandri's birth), Extraordinary Life - NTB's 9G Programme, Helver's Night - Open Doors for Everybody programme. It should be noted that 3 of these awards are due to the Open Doors for Everybody programme, which means that NTB actors have managed to compensate through their initiatives the unwanted stagnation of activities, imposed by both epidemiological measures and some budgetary constraints. We hope to return soon with news about the first performances in preparation at the National Theatreof Bucharest. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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New rules for the audience 08 January 2022
Based on Government Decision no. 1242 of 8 December 2021, on the extension of the state of alert on the territory of Romania for 30 days, starting on 9 December 2021, and the establishment of measures to be applied during its duration to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with the provisions of Annex 3 ("Measures to mitigate the impact of the type of risk"), art. 1, point 6: "The organization and conduct of activities in cinemas, entertainment institutions and/or concerts in closed or open spaces are allowed with the participation of the audience up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space during the time frame 5.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. and wearing protective masks. Attendance is permitted only for persons who are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination scheme, persons with a negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection not older than 72 hours or a certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection not older than 48 hours, respectively persons who are between the 15th day and the 180th day after confirmation of infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus, under the conditions laid down by the joint order of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Health issued pursuant to Article 44 and Art. 71 para. (2) of Law 55/2020, as amended and supplemented;..." Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Premiere Helver's Night 17 December 2021
Premiere at the end of the year at NTB: Helver's Night by Ingmar Villqist At NTB, an electrifying staging, an extraordinary text and a brilliant acting tandem: Amalia Ciolan and Andrei Huțuleac. Years ago, one of the shows presented at the NETA International Theatre Festival organized in 2015 by NTB aroused the unanimous enthusiasm of the spectators. Presented by the VF Komissarjevskaia Academic Drama Theatre in St. Petersburg, under the signature of a renowned director, Aleksandr Bargman, with two exceptional performers, the show was based on the text Helver's Night, written in 1999 by a little-known playwright Ingmar Villqist (the literary pseudonym of the Polish playwright and art history teacher Jarosław Świerszcz), a text meanwhile performed in many theatres in Poland and Europe. Today, the extraordinary play Helver's Night returns to the attention of our audience, in the interpretation of an exceptional duo: Amalia Ciolan (who, impressed by the quality of this text, proposed it in the NTB programme "Open Doors for All") and Andrei Huţuleac, a young actor with multiple resources, recently co-opted into the NTB troupe, who has already successfully established himself as a film and theatre director in the Romanian cultural space. If for Andrei Huţuleac, the role of Helver is the green card of his first premiere at NTB, for Amalia Ciolan, established actress in the theatre troupe, performer - among others - of the disturbing recital "20 Years in Siberia", in which her dramatic temperament encounters a matching score, Karla’s rolein "Helver's Night" represents the fulfillment of a dream and, at the same time, a reconfirmation of her virtues as an actress of great dramatic power.  The show is directed by Matei Lucaci-Grünberg, a young artist with successful performances staged in the independent theatre and a series of short films selected in numerous film festivals, a rich record that includes several awards for directing, for dramaturgy, rewarded being also some acting creations from his shows. The plot takes place in one night and stars a young man with disabilities who sees the world through the eyes of a child and a mature woman, hard tried by fate, who are united by the same need to be loved. A single night, full of unimaginable drama, in which the terrible events that threaten from beyond the windows are intertwined with painful memories now brought to light… The tenderness between the two, the games of truth, the dances by the light of torches, all seem to keep the violence at a safe distance. The fanaticism at Helver is just an opportunity to do gymnastics exercises, the angry chants - an opportunity to greet his friends, extremism - a simple role play. Everything seems to be just a convention…, until the march of history reaches their door and the play of defenseless people turns into a helpless cry for salvation. The play was also appreciated for the force with which it arouses interest in some of the most acute problems of our reality. The audience is invited to an electrifying staging, in which the life scenes collide with the convulsions of society, in an intense emotional rollercoaster. Preview on December 17th and 18th, and the official premiere on December 19th, 2021, from 8.00 p.m., at the Black Box Hall.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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New rules for the audience 09 December 2021
Based on Government Decision no. 1242 of 8 December 2021, on the extension of the state of alert on the territory of Romania for 30 days, starting on 9 December 2021, and the establishment of measures to be applied during its duration to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with the provisions of Annex 3 ("Measures to mitigate the impact of the type of risk"), art. 1, point 6: "The organization and conduct of activities in cinemas, entertainment institutions and/or concerts in closed or open spaces are allowed with the participation of the audience up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space during the time frame 5.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. and wearing protective masks. Attendance is permitted only for persons who are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination scheme, persons with a negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection not older than 72 hours or a certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection not older than 48 hours, respectively persons who are between the 15th day and the 180th day after confirmation of infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus, under the conditions laid down by the joint order of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Health issued pursuant to Article 44 and Art. 71 para. (2) of Law 55/2020, as amended and supplemented;..." Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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