The joy of the soul and mind in a theater hall will atone the daily distress as the Theater will always be interesting, rich, significant, and warm. Regardless of context, theater will revive itself. It will never disappear, but it will always be exploring.

Ion Caramitru

b. 09.03.1942, Bucureşti - d. 05.09.2021

Parts at NTB:

  • "Romanian Diary. 1989", a show by Carmen Lidia Vidu, 2020
  • Shylock - “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare, directed by Alexander Morfov, 2019
  • Viktor Rizenghevici - "UFO" de Ivan Vyrypaev, regia Bobi Pricop, 2017
  • Prospero - "The Tempest" after William Shakespeare, directed by Alexander Morfov, 2014
  • Pierre - "The Dinner Game" byFrancis Veber, directed by Ion Caramitru, from 2012
  • Macbeth - "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, directed by Radu Penciulescu, 2011
  • Edward III - "Edward III" by William Shakespeare, directed by Alexandru Tocilescu, 2008
  • "Dialogues and Fantasies in Jazz" - poetry and music show with Johnny Răducanu
  • Romeo - "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, directed by Val Mugur, 1967
  • Mircea Basarab - "The Vicar" by Alexandru Davila, directed by Sică Alexandrescu, 1965
  • Eminescu - "Eminescu" by Mircea Ştefănescu, directed by Sică Alexandrescu, 1964
  • Perdican - "Don't Play With Love" by Alfred de Musset, directed by Moni Ghelerter, 1964

Activities outside NTB:

Theatre parts:

Sturdza Bulandra Theatre, Bucharest

  • The director - "Six Characters in Search of an Author" by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 2005
  • Iuri Zvonariov - "Sorry" by Aleksandr Galin, directed by Yuriy Kordonskiy, 2003
  • Creon - "Antigone" by Sophocles, directed by Alexandru Tocilescu, 1993
  • Lelio - "Comic Theatre" by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Silviu Purcărete, 1992
  • Cotrone - "The Mountain Giants" by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Cătălina Buzoianu, 1987
  • Hamlet - "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, directed by Alexandru Tocilescu, 1985
  • Ferdinand - "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1978
  • Pasha of Vidin - "A Cold" by Marin Sorescu, directed by Dan Micu, 1977
  • The actor - "Night Asylum" by Maxim Gorki, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1975
  • Fest - "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare, collective directing, 1973
  • Riccardo - "The Vicar" by Rolf Hochuth, directed by Radu Penciulescu, 1972
  • Lelio - "The Liar" by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Sanda Manu, 1971
  • Leonce - "Leonce and Lena" by Georg Buchner, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1970
  • Tommy - "Photo Finish" by Peter Ustinov, directed by Petre Sava Băleanu, 1969
  • Caesar - "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare, directed by Andrei Șerban, 1968
  • Malcolm - "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1968
  • Bota - "Horia's Trial" by Alexandru Voitin, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1967
  • Herault - "Danton's Death" by Georg Buchner, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1966
  • Newspaper salesman - "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1965

Odeon Theatre, Bucharest

  • Pericles - "Pericles" by William Shakespeare, directed by Dinu Cernescu, 1981

Casandra Studio, Bucharest

  • The teacher - "The Unnamed Star" by Mihail Sebastian, directed by Costache Antoniu, 1964
  • Hamlet - "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, directed by Costache Antoniu, 1963

Directing activity:

National Theatre Bucharest

  • "The Nouveau Criminals" by Edna Mazia, 2019
  • "Loose Knit" by Theresa Rebeck, coordinator of the project achieved within the programme Open Doors to Everyone, 2018
  • "Old Clown Wanted" by Matei Visniec, 2016
  • "Magic National", concert - show, 2015
  • "God dresses from the Thrift" by Iulian Margu, 2014
  • "Anonymous venetian" after Anonimo Veneziano by Giuseppe Berto, 2014
  • "Rumors" by Neil Simon, 2014 
  • "The Dinner Game" by Francis Veber, 2010
  • "All my sons" by Arthur Miller, 2009 
  • "Seven With One Stone" by Lia Bugnar, 2008


  • "The Tragedy of Carmen", Peter Brook's version of George Bizet's "Carmen", 2007

Lucia Sturdza Bulandra Theatre

  • "Memories" by Alexei Arbuzov
  • "Insignificance" by Terry Johnson
  • "The Third Spike" by Marin Sorescu
  • "The Shape of the Table" by David Edgar
  • "Home" by David Storey

National Opera Bucharest

  • "Evgheni Oneghin" by Piotr Ilici Ceaikovski, after the novel in verse written by Aleksandr Sergheevici Pushkin, 2009
  • "The Little Sweep" by Benjamin Britten
  • "Eminescu" by Paul Urmuzescu

Musical Theatre Constanţa

  • "My Fair Lady" by Frederick Loewe

Opera House Belfast

  • "Evgheni Oneghin" by Piotr Ilici Ceaikovski
  • "The Tragedy of Carmen", Peter Brook's version of George Bizet's "Carmen"

Theatre du Signe (Japan)

  • "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare

Parts in movies:

  • Uncle Corneliu - "Herman: The Man behind the Terror", directed by Victoria Baltag, 2020
  • Eastern European Man - "Adam & Paul", directed by Leonard Abrahamson, 2004
  • Count Fontana - "Amen", directed by Costa Gavras, 2002
  • Zozimov - "Mission: Impossible", directed by Brian De Palma, 1996
  • Caine - "Deep Secrets", directed by Diarmuid Lawrence, TV series, 1996
  • Carl Dalakis - "Two Deaths", directed by Nicolas Roeg, 1995
  • Tatevsky - "Citizen X", directed by Chris Gerolmo", TV series, 1995
  • Oscar Karel - "An Exchange of Fire", directed by Tony Bicat, TV series, 1993
  • "A Question of Guilt", directed by Stuart Orme, TV series, 1993
  • Solemn Anarchist - "Kafka", directed by Steven Soderbergh, 1991
  • "Jute City", directed by Stuart Orme, TV series, 1991
  • Socrates - "Supervision Final Exam", directed by Nicolae Corjos, 1987
  • Socrates - "High School Students", directed by Nicolae Corjos, 1987
  • Socrates - "Declaration of Love", directed by Nicolae Corjos, 1985
  • Radu Comşa - "Heart of Darkness", directed by Alexandru Tatos, 1985
  • "Promises", directed by Elisabeta Bostan, 1985
  • "Like in the Movies", directed by Manole Marcus, 1983
  • "Castle in the Carpathians", directed by Stere Gulea, 1981
  • "This is the Woman I Love", directed by Cornel Todea, TV series, 1981
  • Luchian - "Stefan Luchian", directed by Nicolae Mărgineanu, 1981
  • "The Inquiry", directed by Constantin Văeni, 1980
  • "Poor Ioanid", directed by Dan Piţa, 1979
  • "Ecaterina Teodoroiu", directed by Dinu cocea, 1979
  • "Before the Silence", directed by Alexa Visarion, 1979
  • "The Green Grass of Home", directed by Stere Gulea, 1978
  • Gheorghidiu - "Between Parallel Mirrors", directed by Mircea Veroiu, 1978
  • "Shootings beneath the Moonshine", directed by Mircea Mureşan
  • "The Midnight House", directed by Gheorghe Vitanidis, 1976
  • "The Court Postpones Delivery", directed by Dinu Cocea, 1976
  • "The Great Lonely", directed by Iulian Mihu, 1976
  • "Beyond the Bridge", directed by Mircea Veroiu, 1975
  • "A Certain Kind of Happiness", directed by Mircea Constantinescu, 1973
  • "The Blue Gates of the City", directed by Mircea Mureşan, 1973
  • "Oak Tree, Top Emergency", directed by Dinu Cocea, 1973
  • "Among the Green Hills", directed by Nicolae Breban, 1971
  • "A Ballad for Măriuca", directed by Titel Constantinescu and Constantin Neagu, 1969
  • "The Mornings of a Good Boy", directed by Andrei Blaier, 1966
  • "The Treasure of Old Vad", directed by Victor Iliu, 1964
  • Peter Peter - "The Forest of the Hanged", directed by Liviu Ciulei, 1964


  • The stranger - "The Witnesses", directed by Dan Piţa

Other Activities

  • General Director of the National Theatre of Bucharest, from 2005
  • President of UNITER - Theatre Union of Romania - since 1990
  • Minister of Culture: 1996 - 2000
  • General Director of the Lucia Sturdza Bulandra Theatre, Bucharest: 1990 - 1993
  • Coordinator of the poetry and prosody course, UNATC, 1991
  • Professor of the art of acting, UNATC, 1976 - 1981
  • President of the "Blue Flower" Arts and Crafts Foundation


  • I.L. Caragiale Institute of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, Bucharest, class of 1964, class of Professor Beate Fredanov

Nominations and awards:

  • Prize for the promotion of Eminescu's works awarded by Ipotești Memorial - Mihai Eminescu Studies Centre, 2021
  • Honorary Doctor of the Academy for Music, Theatre and Visual Arts of Kishinev, 2018
    Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Ribbon, 2017
    Honorary Doctor of the ESRA Audiovisual Arts University of Skopje, 2016
  • The title of "Shakespeare Cultural Ambassador" in Romania, awarded by the British Council in Romania within the "Shakespeare Lives 2016" programme, 2016
  • Romanian Academy Award "Aristizza Romanescu" for "Macbeth", 2014 
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of the "George Enescu" University of Arts, Iaşi, 2008
  • Order of Merit, Grand Cross of Romania, 2000
  • Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, 1997
  • Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Romanian - British cultural activity, decorated by Queen Elizabeth II, 1995
  • The Special Jury Prize for the main role in the movie "Luchian", at the National Film Festival in Costineşti, 1984
  • Filmmakers Association Award, 1980
  • Cinema magazine Acting Award, 1976
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