#stayhome. Princes and princesses need a story!

06 April 2020

The National Children's Theatre has not taken a vacation! Online, find a magical story a day!Marian Ralea, the Magician of Stories, and the Abracadabra National Theatre for Children propose to children, young and old, a Magical Story a day. The stories can be viewed on the YouTube channel. I can, I am a magician: Each story ends with a question or riddle from the Magi, to which children can reply until the next day in the comments section on the Facebook page: The correct answers will be found out, of course, also from the Magician of Stories, who also awards them with invitations to the future shows of the Abracadabra National Theatre for Children.This is what Marian Ralea, the Magician of Stories, tells us about how the Magical Stories appeared: “We are staying in houses. They became our palaces. Princes and princesses (young and old) need a story. We always need a story, and these days more than ever. I am also staying at home. And I can only help a little. With magical stories about life, outside the palace where life goes on. And it will continue! That is how the idea of ​​"Magical Stories" was born.We invite you online and hope to see you again at the theatre, at the National Theatre for Children, soon!

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NTB Intends to Restructure the Theatrical Season

31 March 2020

In accordance with the measures arising from the application of Decree no. 195/2020 regarding the establishment of the state of emergency on the Romanian territory, all performances, public manifestations and other activities held within the premises of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest are suspended for the entire period of the state of emergency.  In view of these legal provisions, the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre announces that it will change the usual structure of the season, which supposed its closure in July and August, following, this year, to the extent that the epidemiological context will allow, to schedule shows throughout the summer months - June, July and August. Performances from the theatre's current repertoire, including rescheduled ones, will be performed on the stage of all halls - the Grand Hall, the Studio Hall, the Painting Hall, the Black Box Hall, the Small Hall, the Media Hall - spaces equipped with air conditioning and climate control. We will also reopen the summer outdoor season, at the 300-seat Amphitheatre on the NTB roof, as part of the highly successful programme, Amphitheatre, summer nights, up, on the theatre (theatre, dance, music, film). The theatre’s actors and the technical stage body have been consulted in connection with this proposal, which also involves the reorganization of their private life, the rescheduling of family holidays, travel, and other commitments. The unanimous and joint response was Yes, we perform this summer!, an answer that is a wonderful profession of love for the audience! Dear viewers, we are convinced that you will also answer this call to return to the theatre as soon as possible! We await you with comfortable halls, both with the shows from the current repertoire and with the new premieres, which we are trying to prepare in the meantime.  Until we hear back, we remind you that you can find us online daily, as part of the broadcast programme of the NTB Conferences, which you can consult on the theatre website. You can also access the theatre’s interactive virtual tour. We also undertake the necessary diligence to obtain the agreement of all the authors involved in the performances of the NTB repertoire, for the online broadcast of a number of existing shows in filmed format from our digital archive. So, note the following addresses where you can follow us online: - our youtube channel - https: // - the NTB Facebook page - / - the NTB website,, on a page that is specially created for these online broadcasts Stay home ... for now, and stay healthy!    Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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NTB press release March 26th, 2020

26 March 2020

Due to the provisions of Decree no. 195/2020 regarding the establishment of the state of emergency on the Romanian territory and in accordance with the measures established by the authorities arising from the application of this Decree, all public performances and manifestations held on the premises of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest are suspended for the entire period of the state of emergency. Given the measures established by the authorities, in the context of the epidemiological situation determined by the spread of Coronavirus - SARS-Cov2, the entire activity of the ticket office is suspended starting with April 1st, 2020 throughout the entire period of the state of emergency.The NTB ticket office will only be open until Friday, March 27th, 2020, between 12.00 - 15.00!At the ticket office, the refund of the ticket value for the suspended performances will restart as soon as the National Theatre will resume its activity!You do not have to do anything to recover your tickets online. Our partners, myStage, will automatically cancel all impacted orders. "You will receive a notification when canceling each order for the shows from March 16th - April 16th, 2020 - informs myStage. Due to the large number of cancellations, caused by the establishment of the state of emergency, the processing of the cancellations is done in the order of representations. Thus, the duration of cancellation may vary. We assure you that we will undertake every effort to make reimbursements within the shortest possible time. If any information is needed, myStage will contact you at the address from which you purchased. "Thank you for your understanding!

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Changes to the schedule of the online broadcast of the NTB Conferences

23 March 2020

The "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre informs those interested that, as of March 31st, 2020, it will broadcast a single conference daily, (instead of 2, as originally announced), a conference which can be viewed within the same time frame from 2.00 - 6.00 p.m., either from 2.00 or from 4.00 p.m. We respond thus to the notifications of those who have informed us that they do not have 4 hours available daily to view, one after another, the 2 conferences initially scheduled. Therefore, dear spectators, depending on your spare time, you will be able to attend the chosen conference, either from 2pm or 4pm on the same day. The broadcast schedule is displayed on the livestreaming page of NTB. To watch, click on the title of the conference on the respective day or access our Youtube channel atţionalILCaragialeBucureşti   40 Conferences from 2006-2019 As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020, the "ILCaragiale" National Theatre offers for live viewing, on the NTB youtube channel, live recordings of the National Theatre Conferences, held within the NTB - Paratheatrical Programme. Initiated almost eight decades ago by writer Ion Marin Sadoveanu, the National Theatre Conferences have been reintegrated into the current NTB programme since 2006, offering to the audience bi-monthly lectures of some outstanding personalities of the Romanian culture on the most diverse and exciting topics. On our youtube channel, available at TheaterILCaragialeBucureşti, the following 40 conferences, held at the National Theatre between 2006-2019, will be broadcast in live streaming system: Andrei Pleșu: About the Heart - October 22nd, 2006Neagu Djuvara: Actor and Poetry Performer - May 31st, 2009Neagu Djuvara: The 77 Years War - March 12th, 2006Irinel Popescu: Organ Transplantation - An Adventure of the Human Spirit - December 8th, 2013Alexandru Andrieș - Self-Portrait - November 9th, 2014Emil Hurezeanu: Europe, between Growth and Terminal Crisis - January 25th, 2015Cristian Pîrvulescu: Politics - Does It Still Have a Meaning? - February 22nd, 2015PhD Univ. Prof. Alexander Rodewald: The genetic origin of the Romanian people, between myth and reality - April 19th, 2015PhD Prof. Vintilă Mihăilescu: Man and Technology. An anthropological history of the future - May 10th, 2015Matei Vișniec: Theatre and journalism (mutual influences) - January 17th, 2016Vladimir Belis: Half a century in the service of forensic medicine - January 31st, 2016Nora Iuga: Mister Beligan is to Blame for My Becoming a Poet - February 28th, 2016Ion Pop: Tristan Tzara, Dadaism and the Romanian Avant-Garde - March 13th, 2016Lavinia Betea: The Psychology of Communism - March 27th, 2016Pavel Șușara: Constantin Brâncuși or about Sculpture with no History - May 22nd, 2016Dan Dungaciu: The "Perfect Storm" in Europe. Towards a New Understanding Model of the European Crisis - June 5th, 2016Ana Blandiana: The Hourless Clock - November 20th, 2016General Dan Voinea: The Legal Truth about December 1989 - December 18th, 2016General Dan Voinea: The Legal Truth about the Miner Strike of 13 - 15 June 1990 - February 5th, 2017Andrei Pleșu: The Cheerful Caragiale? - March 19th, 2017Lavinia Betea: What To Do With the „Village Fool”? - May 7th, 2017Gigi Căciuleanu: L`Om Gigi - About Dance: Lines, Routes, Signs, Meanings - May 14th, 2017Ștefan Cazimir: Brief History of the Party of Free Change - May 21st, 2017Emil Brumaru: The Feminine Inferno and Brumaru’s Angels - September 24th, 2017Lect. Răzvan Voncu: Three Aromanians: Bolintineanu, Anghel, Vinea - November 12th, 2017Acad. Ioan Aurel Pop - Romanian Culture - between the Latin West and the Byzantine East - November 26th, 2017Silvia Colfescu: Stories from Bucharest – a City with the Calling of Survival - April 29th, 2018Prof. Mihai Zamfir - Unmasking Current Naiveties - May 13th, 2018Armand Goșu: What Does Putin Want? The Agenda of the Kremlin Leader for the New Mandate - May 27th, 2018PhD Prof. Dumitru Borțun: Romania - an enigma, a miracle and a paradox. Tasks for the next generation - November 18th, 2018Ana Blandiana: The Centennial, an Exercise of Exorcism - December 2nd, 2018Sever Voinescu: Paul's Dream: an Intuition about the Future of Europe - December 16th, 2018Cristian Pîrvulescu: Romania at the gates of illiberalism. Is democracy still possible nowadays? - January 27th, 2019Toni Grecu: Let Us Be Joyful Lest We Are Sad - February 24th, 2019Andrei Oișteanu: The Jews of Romania in a European context: similarities and differences - April 7th, 2019Adrian Cioroianu: The Future Is No Longer What It Used to Be - April 21st, 2019Ioan Stanomir: Romania, 1989 / 2019 - a Photograph, after Thirty Years - May 5th, 2019Dan Dungaciu: Europe after the Storm. What do Europeans Really Want? - June 2nd, 2019Marian Voicu: The Romanian Treasure in Moscow - a Historical, Political or International Law Issue? - June 16th, 2019Silvia Colfescu: Sharing Stories with Anamaria Smigelschi - December 8th, 2019 These materials will be aired daily, starting on Monday, March 23rd, 2020, within the time frame 14:00 - 18:00, on the YouTube channel, on our Facebook page and also taken over on the internet page. * We also invite you to access the interactive virtual tour of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, available on our website, at Thanks to a web application from which you can enter each of the approximately 310 spherical panoramas and 5 gigapanoramas that present the NTB building and the most interesting NTB spaces, you can visit "virtually" the entire NTB headquarters, from workshops to lobbies, exhibition spaces, halls and stages, being able to view some of the most spectacular stage designs of our shows, as well as videos during rehearsals and other moments of our activity, kept in virtual format. The novelty of this panoramic tour is that it allows an incursion into three different periods in the history of the building: according to the instructions displayed, by clicking on different buttons, you can view the same place from the theatre building as it was before the reconstruction of 2011-2015, as it was in the period of the reconstruction site and as it looks like nowadays. With this approach, the NTB virtual tour acquires the value of exceptional documentary material! We invite you to convince yourself, you will experience baffling surprises! The project of this virtual tour was conceived by the artist Mihai Bodea - Tatulea, graphic designer and camera operator, photographer, with extensive experience in the realization of "new media" projects, as content and concept producer (Digital Gallery Brasov, Romanian Athenaeum, "Dimitrie Gusti" Village Museum, the Romanian Peasant Museum, Cărturesti at ICR, the Danube Delta at Zaragoza 2008, the Brasov History Museum, etc.) We also undertake the necessary diligence to obtain the agreement of all the authors involved in performing the shows from the NTB repertoire, to broadcast online a number of existing shows in recorded format from our digital archive. So, note the following addresses where you can follow us online: - our youtube channel - https: //   TheaterILCaragialeBucureşti - NTB's Facebook page - / - The NTB website,, on a page that will be especially created for these online streamings Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Who Needs Theatre?

14 March 2020

The suspension of the NTB shows and other cultural activities with audience for a period of time that seems to extend beyond March 31st, 2020, has dramatic effects at financial level, risking the institution's collapse. Every day without performances, the theatre loses considerable amounts. These are intended for the functioning of the institution, for utility payments, for maintaining the building and, last but not least, for preparing and producing new shows, honouring copyright and paying external collaborators, mostly young actors. All shows canceled during the crisis period will be rescheduled, with tickets already purchased remaining valid. Spectators who can afford to have the patience to reconvene at a later date with their favourite actors and the NTB shows they want to watch, are asked not to request reimbursement of tickets purchased for performances postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.* Thus, it helps the theatre to carry out the activity of rehearsals and preparation of new premieres - behind the doors temporarily closed to the public. Upon the exit of this dramatic episode which the entire world is currently undergoing, we assure you that returning to the theatre halls will help us all recover our smile and heal more quickly from trauma! If you love the theatre and artists, please be supportive of us! * ”A part of the Hungarian audience has decided not to claim the money on the tickets from the concerts and theatre shows postponed or canceled, in order to support the cultural environments tried by the Covid-19 epidemic, writes Le Figaro, according to The proposal of a Hungarian citizen was unexpectedly received on the internet. He urged citizens to stop demanding reimbursement for tickets purchased at shows canceled because of the epidemic with the new coronavirus.” Ion Caramitru, the manager of the National Theatre of Bucharest sent a message during the rehearsals he holds with director Carmen Lidia Vidu at NTB, for the show "Romanian Diary. 1989 " " I address the faithful spectators of the National Theatre of Bucharest, I address those in love with our theatre, the Romanian theatre in general, with the request to consider the idea of not claiming now, immediately, the reimbursement of the money for the tickets that they have purchased in advance, because the National Theatre commits to reschedule these shows when we have the opportunity to do so. And the tickets keep their validity. It would be a gesture of solidarity with what is happening today in the country and, expressly, in theatres. The National Theatre has to defer the current activity for 45 shows, because we have reached the performance of scheduling our shows in advance with almost two months, so that people can buy tickets early. It would be much more useful for us if you accepted this ... let us call it an agreement and a gesture of solidarity. Because you would help us immensely in being able to naturally carry on our activity. It is very complicated to give back, day by day, the proceeds for almost 1400-1500 spectators that we had every day. You realize what an ordeal! And yet, besides that, the gesture that we ask for is happening in other countries. That is where this is understood and we are also calling for your understanding. The shows will be seen, the tickets will be respected, your citizenship will be honoured, and we will be the ones to thank you once again with a bow to the ground. Thank you! " Ion Caramitru In order to be informed in due time, we invite you to continue to follow us on our social media pages and on the NTB website. For now, we are waiting for you in the online space. We hope to see you soon, at the theatre! Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Beginners premiere

03 March 2020

The "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest announces the premiere of the performance Beginners, on March 3rd and 4th, 2020, at the Black Box Hall, directed by Bobi Pricop, on a text by Tim Crouch, one of the most unconventional contemporary English playwrights. Creator of theatrical performances employing multimedia technologies and exploring the borders of the dramatic art, Bobi Pricop is at the third encounter with the British author, after An Oak set at the Youth Theatre in Piatra-Neamț and The Author, staged at the "Marin Sorescu" Theatre in Craiova. Beginners - A show about the invisible border between childhood and adulthood, the children we used to be and the adults we will become. A show full of fantasy and mystery, of situations and many surprises, with adult and child actors, a staging that will put our senses to trial, playing at the same time with our minds. "Each text by Tim Crouch proposes a new, surprising experience. I think he is one of the most interesting contemporary playwrights because he constantly tests the boundaries of theatricality, the relationship between the audience and the stage, the roles we play in the world and the ways in which we are perceived by others. I am interested in how he experiments with new, sometimes risky, artistic forms to talk about certain fundamental, universal realities. In Beginners, this can be clearer than ever. That is why I wanted so much to put on this show, which I think resonates acutely in each one of us. Because he talks about childhood, the stories we learn when we are young and the ones we create about ourselves later. ” Bobi Pricop The cast comprises the actors Raluca Aprodu, Ada Galeș, Alexandru Potocean, Istvan Teglas, Ciprian Nicula, as well as the children Chloe Basu / Eva-Ilinca Crudu / Maria Mustache, Maria Luana Colica / Erica Mihaela Tanasov, Rareș Gheorghe / Victor Vasilescu, Radu Anghelina / Ștefan Popa. The stage design is signed by Nikola Toromanov, who also worked with Bobi Pricop on the shows Terror by Ferdinand von Schirach (Târgu-Mureș National Theatre) and Radio by Eric Bogossian (Craiova National Theatre). The Bulgarian scenographer has collaborated with NTB, obtaining the 2012 Uniter Prize for The Visit by Fr. Dürrenmatt, directed by Al. Morfov. The team of filmmakers is completed by Eduard Gabia (score and stage movement), Dan Basu (drawing and animations), who are entering a new collaboration with Bobi Pricop. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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A new Romanian play, for the first time at NTB: Matilda and the Grave-Makers!

15 February 2020

Matilda and the Grave-Makers by Stela Giurgeanu, proclaimed "Play of the year 2018" at the UNITER Awards Gala, will celebrate the official premiere on Saturday, February 15th, 2020, at the Black Box Hall, from 8 pm. The audience of the National Theatre of Bucharest has the opportunity to meet with a new Romanian play, inspired from the reality of our days, in which domestic violence hovers, pressing, sometimes silent, but most often violently noisy, like dark birds, above the shelter, hosting three sisters-in-law and a seemingly identical destiny. A dark comedy about the eternal dispute between men and women, full of suspense as a detective novel, where no one knows who wins, or at least ... on the surface. A text about a generation that buried their demons to give the next generation the right to happiness. "Who wants to laugh like champagne? asks renowned journalist Eugen Istodor on HotNews. Who wants excitement, suspense, entertainment, fear, happy end? They should go to Matilda and the Grave-Makers". Directed by Mircea Rusu, with a cast chosen and directed with psychological finesse, Matilda and the Grave-Makers is a show ‒ plea for the freedom of women so powerful in all their frailty, a game of appearances, camouflaging terrible pain and scarred wounds. "This mixture of fear and humor, "dark humor", fascinates me. It is a micro-universe that rejects and attracts at the same time," says Mircea Rusu.  "If things are not what they seem? asked the author, a journalist passionate about social investigation. "Can anyone, who says a joke, hide a trauma? What if someone who looks angelic is in fact diabolical? Can a strong man be an extremely fragile man?" A cold and detached man, who laughs at the idea of ​​love, does he not long for despair after love? Caught in the pace of a pulsating life, we often ignore the sufferings of those around us - thus risking to build that vicious cycle in which those around us will be deaf to our sufferings. Because "Matilda and the Grave-Makers" is, first of all, a play about appearances, it seems like a comedy. But, as one viewer told me: "you don't know whether to laugh or cry." And I think that through this, I reached my goal: to give people time to think twice before putting a label and to offer them a journey on the axis between good and evil, a journey full of nuances - at the end of which one gets the gist,evenif briefly, of the weariness of everyday life,” says Stela Giurgeanu. Editor of the Dilema Veche magazine, Stela Giurgeanu is a remarkable journalist focused on social issues. In 2003, she received a mention in the "reportage" section of the contest "Young journalist of the year", organized by the Freedom House Foundation and in 2008, she was designated "European Reporter of the Year", an award granted by the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, for the footage on the Europe of the Gârda People. She made her debut in 2007 with the story Two People, published in the volume The Book with Grandparents (Humanitas Publishing). As a playwright, she participated several times in the annual contest organized by UNITER under the aegis and with the support of the Royal House of Romania. In 2015, the play The Time of Madmen was nominated "The best Romanian play of the year" and was presented, in a lecture-show, at NTB. In 2016, the play The Time Collector was nominated in the Final Selection of the UNITER Drama Contest. In 2019, Matilda and the Grave-Makerswas designated "The best Romanian play of the year" and was published by the Unitext Publishing House. We invite you to discover why, in an apparent impromptu, three women take refuge on the terrace of the house, in a hilarious and improvised existence. Who are they running from, what mysteries do they hide? Cast: Amalia Ciolan / Liliana Hodorogea, Cesonia Postelnicu / Tania Popa, Erika Baiesu / Oana Constantinescu Fulvia Folosea / Cristina Constantinescu, Lari Giorgescu / Dragos Ionescu. The scenography is signed by Gabi Albu, whose creations you could admire recently at the premieres of The Merchant of Venice and The Cherry Orchard. The following representations of Matilda and the Grave-Makersare scheduled for March 18th and 28th, 2020, at the Black Box Hall, from 8 pm. 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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