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Natalia Calin, Winner of the UNITER Award

13 May 2019

NTB actress Natalia Calin was nominated as Best Supporting Actress and received the UNITER Prize at the Gala that took place at the National Theatreof Cluj Napoca. She received this distinction for the role of Mrs. Bologa in the show The Forest of the Hanged, after Liviu Rebreanu, script, direction and sound universe by Radu Afrim, production of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, at the 27th gala of the Theatrical Union awards of Romania. "I am Apostol Bologa's mother." Radu Afrim, thank you for the courage you had to bring me back to life, to call me into your fabulous worlds for this beautiful story. I would like everyone to see this show because it is wonderful, "said the winner on the gala stage. Natalia Calin's opposing candidates were: Sabrina Iaschievici, for the role of Masha in the show "The Seagull" by AP Chekhov, directed by Andrei Serban, Unteatru, and Mirela Oprisor for the role of Stella in the show "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, directed by Claudiu Goga, Metropolis Theatre. The nomination jury for the 27th edition of the UNITER 2019 prize gala was made up of theatre critics Monica Andronescu, Oana Bors and Mircea Morariu. The performances that were considered by the jury are those that premiered between 1 January and 31 December 2018. The final jury, which nominated the winners in the evening of the gala, consisted of: Vlad Ivanov (actor), Doina Modola (critic), Maia Morgenstern (actress), Cristian Pepino (director) and Viorica Petrovici (set designer). Translated by Simona Nichiteanu    About Natalia Calin

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The NTB Amphitheatre. An Outdoor Stage

19 April 2019

The outdoor amphitheatre is a unique stage in Romania, a place up the National Theatre, 24 meters above University Square. At NTB, from May to September, cultural and artistic genres, diversity and the summer (and cultural) debate meet under the summer night sky, at the very km 0 of the capital, in an exciting and varied nocturnal programme. Theatre and dance performances, jazz, rock or folk concerts, art films or the latest cinematic productions, meetings with artists will be seen and experienced this summer under the starry sky of Bucharest in the NTB Amphitheatre. Famous names and young artists, performances from the National Theatre repertoire, as well as productions of independent theaters will outline the summer experienced above Bucharest. When the city goes on holiday, we will meet you on the roof of the National Theatre, at the Open-Air Amphitheater, to open the Summer Season together! We have prepared an appealing and relaxing offer. Let us count this summer together unforgettable encounters, shows, concerts, movies and nights! The NTB Amphitheatre is an open-air cultural supplement recommended during springtime and summer, indicated against rainy clouds or canicular asthenia. It is also recommended as therapy for sea, mountain and holiday longing. The amphitheatre helps an audience suffering from excessive boredom at the office during the summer (and not only). Expert advice: If you go to the restaurant on the terrace, located under the open-air amphitheatre, you can see one of the most beautiful panoramas of the capital! Good to know: Tickets for May and June were put up for sale! Details on tnb.ro & mystage.ro.   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 www.mystage.ro.   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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