It Is Happening at NTB

06 May 2021

Starting May 6th, 2021, NTB-TV, the first television channel in Romania dedicated exclusively to theatre, returns to the NTB Youtube channel with a new series of shows, under the title It Is Happening at NTB. The new series of TV productions for the online environment will include magazine-style shows, which will present reports, interviews, portraits of the great actors of the National Theatre, memories of great performances, details about how theatre costumes are created in our workshops, backstage sequences, statements by the actors and the audience. It Is Happening at NTB is a series produced, like the previous ones, NTB Stories and Three Auspicious Hours (produced during the period of isolation imposed by the pandemic), by the promotion department of the National Theatre, which has thus managed to maintain contact with the audience during the complicated period of the last year. On May 6th, therefore, from 8:00 p.m., we are waiting for you on NTB-TV (Youtube NTB), to participate, with us, in the rehearsals, activities and preparations that the National Theatre of Bucharest has made during the period in which the theatres were closed. But you will see that things "happen at TNB" even when the spaces are not open to the public, so that new shows can be premiered as soon as the audience can get tickets, NTB-TV subscribers will be the first to find out about all the news and activities of the artists of the National Theatre of Bucharest. A reason for joy, which we all need, especially as the moment of the reopening of the halls is drawing close. Subscribe to our Youtube channel and you will surely become one of the loyal viewers of NTB and ...TNB-TV. You are most welcome! Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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With a diverse repertoire, NTB reunites its spectators in theatres and prepares the online reunion!

06 May 2021

Starting with May 6th, 2021, at 8.00 p.m., NTB TV returns with a new format to the theatre’s YouTubechannel. The first television in Romania dedicated exclusively to theatre, offers you a new series of bimonthly shows, under the title It Is Happening at NTB, pictorial-type shows, which will present reports, interviews, portraits of great actors of the National Theatre, memories of great shows, details on how to create theatre costumes in our workshops, backstage shots, statements of the actors, but also of the audience. We invite you to subscribe to our Youtube channel and you will surely become one of NTB's and ... NTB-TV’sloyal viewers! Even if the gates of the National Theatreof Bucharest were closed to the audience for a long time, the activity for preparing the new productions awaiting their premiere in the next period took place without interruption, in the rehearsal rooms, in the workshops and on stage.  The news that we were all waiting for came, that of the reopening of the performance halls! Therefore, we can announce that, on the evening of May 15th, 2021, the National Theatre of Bucharest resumes its activity, simultaneously in 4 halls. At the Grand Hall, within the pilot programme initiated by the Ministry of Culture (with participation rules that will be communicated in the next period by a Government Decision and tickets purchased exclusively online) will be presented the highly successful show The Dinner Game. In the other halls you can see the shows Little Hell (Studio Hall), Titanic Orchestra (Painting Hall) and Let's Talk about Life! by Ana Sorina Corneanu (Black Box Hall) - which is also the first release to the audience of the winning play of the UNITER award Best Romanian play of the year - 2019, starring Florentina Ţilea and directed by the young Zsuzsánna Kovács. Next, until May 24th, other titles cherished by the audience were scheduled, such as The Mousetrap, The Beauty of Venice in September, Allegro, ma non troppo, The Memory of Water, God Dresses from the Thrift, Rumors, TheCuriousIncident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Anonymous Venetian, Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference, Once Upon a Time in Romania, TwentyYears in Siberia, Incognito - one of the newest titles in the theatre's repertoire. On May 19th and 20th, 2021, the Painting Hall will host the first performances with the new show staged by Felix Alexa at NTB, Goodbye, Mr. Haffmann, a play written by French actor, director and playwright Jean-Philippe Daguerre, performed with great success on Parisian stages and crowned with no less than 4 Molière awards, in 2018. Cast: Alexandru Potocean, Richard Bovnoczki, Alexandra Sălceanu, Emilia Popescu, Andrei Finţi. At the Studio Hall, in an advanced stage of preparation, there is also the show Carnival Stuff by I.L. Caragiale, directed by Alexandru Dabija, with a spectacular cast and a surprising scenography (Liliana Cenean- costumes, Raluca Alexandrescu - scenery). Starting with Saturday, May 8th, 2021, the Guided Tours of the Theatre will be resumed, with 3 daily tours, on Saturdays and Sundays, every week (up to the participation of 10 people / tour). The halls, workshops and backstage of the National Theatre can be visited. Tickets are on sale both at the Theatre’sBox Office - for tours organized from the weekend of May 15-16, and online on the MyStage platform. For guided tours on May 8th and 9th, tickets can be purchased only online, on the MyStage platform!! (For additional information, phone: 021.314.71.71 - NTB Box Office). If you have purchased tickets for the shows in the current repertoire before March 8th this year, pay attention to the rescheduled shows, the start time may be changed, depending on the duration of the show, in order to comply with the current traffic schedule in Bucharest. We invite you to consult these details and the complete schedule of the performances on the theatre's website, at We are waiting for you to return to the theatre!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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Eight performances are rescheduled

04 May 2021

In the week of May 17 - May 23, 2021, eight performances are rescheduled from the week of March 8 - 14, 2021, in which the activity of the theatre was suspended. These will take place according to the following schedule: 1. Incognito from March 12th, 2021, at 7.30 pm, will be rescheduled on May 20th, 2021, at 7.30 pm 2. Romanian Diary. 1989 from March 13th, at 8 pm, will be rescheduled on May 20th, 2021, at 7.30 p.m. Attention! The start time of the show is changed! 3. The Mousetrap from March 14th, 2021, at 7.00 p.m., is rescheduled on May 22nd, 2021, at 6.30 p.m. Attention! The start time of the show is changed! 4. Rumors from March 14th, 2021, at 7.00 p.m., is rescheduled on May 23rd, 2021, at 7.00 p.m. 5. TwentyYears in Siberia from March 14th, 2021 at 8.00 p.m. is rescheduled on May 21st, 2021 at 7.30 p.m. Attention! The start time of the show is changed! 6. ActOrchestra from March 11th, 2021 at 8.00 p.m. is rescheduled on May 18th, 2021 at 7.00 p.m. 7. The Girl Soldier from March 13th, 2021 at 6.00 p.m. is rescheduled on May 21st, 2021 at 7.00 p.m. 8. The Girl Soldier from March 14th, 2021 at 6.00 p.m. is rescheduled on May 22nd, 2021 at 7.00 p.m.Attention! The start time of the show is changed! The purchased tickets remain valid for these dates, or you can recover their value from the NTB Ticket Office by presenting the ticket in physical format or from for those purchased online. Thank you for your understanding!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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HOP Gala - Young Actor’s Gala, 2021 edition

26 April 2021

Motto: "Caragiale - a world in motion"What a world! What a world! What a world!(A Lost Letter, Act IV, Scene 4) UNITER announces the organization of the pre-selection for the HOP! Young Actor’s Gala, 24th edition.The 2021 HOP Young Actor’s Gala continues with the theme: Choreographic Theatre. The DanceActor as a Phenomenon of Contemporary Theatre and will also take place under the wand of the well-known choreographer and dancer Gigi Căciuleanu.This year as well, the pre-selection will take place based on the video recordings sent by the competitors. We address all the actors who graduated from college (bachelor's degree), up to 33 years old. For both sections, Individual and Group, the pre-selection will be carried out as follows:- Presentation of a moment of movement and text prepared by the competitor (maximum 10 minutes in the Individual section and maximum 15 minutes in the Group section).In the construction of the moment, the competitors will treat the text by means of choreographic theatre, in a mixed form - free combination of verbal and non-verbal forms.Maximum composition of a group - 7 people.In the construction of the presented moments, we will follow the original treatment through text and movement (in equal ratio, 50/50 between words and movement) of some pages of free choice from the work of Ion Luca Caragiale: Plays, Sketches, various texts (articles, poems etc. ). Guidelines:• Monologues and / or Dialogues set in motion (Verb - Word / Verb - Action)• Verbal and situational humour taken towards the Danced Act ...• Dynamic relationships between characters (Why not reinvented? Why not even coming from different texts?)Refinement of gestures that populate both the actual texts of the plays, moments and sketches, as well as very precise captions or indications of attitudes and play appearing as filigree, between the lines, with the same “choreographic force” as the text itself.A revisited Caragiale, over space and time, now that Ionescu's absurdity is not only familiar to us, but has even become a classic.Moments of humour or humour about love and hate, about stupidity and intelligence sketched not only in word or gesture, but also in elaborate movement.Those admitted will present the moment prepared, live, at the 2021 HOP Gala.Candidates must send to the email address the video recording of the prepared moment (landscape format), a resume, a copy of the graduation diploma (or certificate issued by the faculty), a photo (portrait, 300 dpi resolution), the title and the logistical and technical information for the presented exercise. The deadline for submitting registration materials is July 15th, 2021.UNITER Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Special measures in all NTB halls

01 February 2021

We inform you that at the beginning of each week, the building of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre will undergo a disinfection of performance halls, booths, rehearsal rooms and actor regrouping halls, an action that is performed with a specific device, cold mist generator, which uses for treatment Bionet A 15, a substance with bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal action, approved by the Ministry of Health and registered in the Biocides Register. We mention that this disinfection action is done according to Order no. 3142/1495/2020 of August 31st, 2020 on measures to prevent contamination with the new Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and to ensure safe activities in the field of culture. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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New rules for the audience

03 September 2020

The obligations of the audience regarding measures to prevent contamination with SAR-CoV2: Ensuring the health of employees and the audience are the priority objective of these measures. - wearing the mask (medical / non-medical) throughout the event, from the entrance into the lobby and throughout the show, until leaving the building. To provide effective protection, the mask must cover the mouth and nose. Attention! The theatre reserves the right to perform an observation screening at the entrance and to prevent access by persons with symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneeze, rhinorrhoea, general altered state) and temperature exceeding 37,3 °C. - The thermal scanning will be carried out by the theatre staff. People who refuse to have their temperature checked will not have access to the theatre. - Disinfecting hands with alcohol-based disinfectant to be made available on entry. - Observance of a minimum distance of 1,5 m between persons - from the entrance to the theatre, the showrooms, the toilets, and the exit from the hall. - The performances will take place without breaks to avoid crowding in the lobby areas; - The distance between the stage and the spectators must be at least 3 m; - As regards the distribution of seats in the hall (both online and at the box offices): An empty seat will be allocated between spectators; - Viewing the show is only allowed by keeping the individual seat in the hall and wearing of protective masks; Staff will make sure that social distance is observed during the show; - Spectators shall not consume food and drink within the premises of performing establishments and/or concerts, except for pre-packaged liquids. Ticket sales will be made as much as possible online, so that physical contact is minimized at locations. In the case of ticket purchases at the ticket office, the use of contactless card or telephone payment is encouraged. Thank you for your understanding and you are most welcome to the theatre!   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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