Prepare for the Magic National Celebration!

18 April 2019

The concert-show that delighted thousands of spectators in the National Theatre's Grand Hall, as well as in national and international festivals, Magic National returns to the stage with the latest news, approaching the charm of the Easter Holiday and offering you an evening of surprises and revelations . An extraordinary show in which a significant number of talents of the theatrical and musical scene, soloists, instrumentalists, an ample and conquering variety of sounds are engaged in a harmonious variety of rhythms and feelings. You will see on this occasion the much-anticipated stars for every show: Ion Caramitru - performer and director of the show, Medeea Marinescu, Marius Manole, Anca Sigartau, Lari Giorgescu, Tania Popa, Eduard Adam, Aylin Cadir, the three musical comics identified with the name of a show - ActOrchestra (here, with a collectively signed personal creation!), Florin Calbajos, Emilian Mernea, Petre Ancuta. The actors shall be accompanied by Emy Dragoi, accordion master, the jocund soul of this magical musical at NTB. Along with them, the evening's score is impeccably supported by the musicians who give the tone of each show, reunited by Emy Drăgoi in 3D Pro'ect, Jazz Hot Club Romania and Magic Violin, also benefiting from the contribution of a high-class percussionist Lucian Maxim. And, a surprise! All's Choir, perhaps the most unconventional choir in Romania, for the first time invited to the Magic National! The playful All’s Choir, “the choir of everyone”, consists of professional artists of the Bucharest lyrical scenes, famous opera singers from the choral ensembles of the National Opera and George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, with a rich international artistic experience. All's Choir, together with the brilliant artists of the Magic National  and the instrumentalists of this concert, reunited in an unusual artistic approach, on a beautiful April evening, before Palm Sunday, invite you to listen to them and enjoy the approach of the Easter holidays! "Everything is choir" and harmony. It shall be: Magical! Thursday, April 28th, 2019, from 8.00 p.m., Grand Hall! Tickets can be purchased from the NTB Box Office, from the Grand Hall foyer, or online on   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The Dinner Game - 350!

17 April 2019

A Show Worthy of ... the Book of Records! This Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, one of the most beloved performances of the Romanian stage, a moralizer without ostentation and popular with the audience, The Dinner Game, production of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, reaches an impressive number of representations. It has beenperformed all over the country to overcrowded halls and the audience acclaimed it, asking for new performances. A "must see" that you can witness any time, this is The Dinner Game by Francis Veber, directed by Ion Caramitru. So today, at the Grand Hall of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, starting from8:00 p.m., you shall witness the 350th representation of the show The Dinner Game. If you have purchased tickets for the most “wanted” of the long-running shows of the National, tonight you shall be able to share the joy of the celebration with the performers of the show. Being a play for everyone's taste, an extremely delicious comedy with vivid dialogues and a perfect cast since the 2010 premiere and so far only performed to a full house. In the cast: Ion Caramitru, Horatiu Malaele, Tomi Cristin, Alexandru Bindea, Costina Cheyrouze, Teodora Mares, Medeea Marinescu, Aylin Cadir, Dorin Andone, Alexandru Georgescu. The Dinner Game - longevity leader and sales leader at the National Theatre, a theatrical success that has chances to enter the Book of Records, is so popular with the audience that it always raises laughter and applause. Because it is a "superlative comedy," to which "one laughs a lot and well" and "the laughter is liberating," as the press has been titling over the years. The most ingenious ... Dinner awaits you, and tonight at the National, to enjoy a story of a mad, refreshing charm, with its candour and its meaning, abundantly embellished with laughter. We wish you a good appetite for theatre!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The National Theatre of Bucharest conquered Kishinev with two successful shows!

16 April 2019

At its 6th edition this year, the programme Romanian Theatre Tour in Bucharest, Iasi and Kishinev started at the end of January, through two National Theatre representations in Kishinev, that were previously performed in Iasi and Bucharest: The Carnival by I.L. Caragiale, directed by Alexa Visarion and The Cherry Orchard by A.P. Chekhov, directed by Alexandru Cozub. In the second part of the tour, on April 13th and 14th, 2019, at the Grand Hall of the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre in Kishinev, the audience encountered two of NTB's most appreciated creations: The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, directed by Erwin Simsensohn and Once Upon a Time in Romania, a drama directed by Dragos Huluba, following a script he signed with Eduard Adam and Violeta Huluba. Both performances were performed to a full house, indicating that the public beyond the Prut is looking forward and happy to meet with the Romanian theatre. And it was not at all disappointed, on the contrary, proof being the long minutes of applause and cheers at the end of the two evenings. "Another beautiful emotion has ended. I am glad that the project is successful, and as I have conceived it with Mr. Ion Caramitru in 2014, when I created that beautiful exchange of Romanian Theatre tours in Bucharest and Kishinev. We are already at the sixth edition and we are already thinking about the National Theatre Reunion this fall. It ended, as expected, successfully and with the audience's applause, which are the most beautiful rewards for those on stage, for us, actors" declared actor Petru Hadarcă, Director of the "Mihai Eminescu" National Theatre of Kishinev. At the end of the first evening, a spectator felt like sharing that the achievement of this project "Is a good idea: as much as possible, as often as possible. We try to come and not miss this opportunity. I am afraid of the situation where it shall be cheaper to get the local audience out there. " In his turn, the director of the show "The Mousetrap", Erwin Simsensohn, declared immediately after the first performance: "It is great in Kishinev! A very warm, very friendly, extremely good audience, a smart audience. It is for the third time that a play of mine is performed in Kishinev. It is a wonderful theatre, I am honoured, it seems to me important for the Romanian theatre to perform here on Bessarabian soil, or I could say better on Romanian soil."   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   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Audition at NTB - Child Roles in a Bobi Pricop Show

04 April 2019

The National Theatre of Bucharest announces the organization of a casting for four lead roles of children (girls and boys) in the show Beginners by Tim Crouch, directed by Bobi Pricop. This shall be the first show at the new NTB Hall - The Outdoor Amphitheatre, an exciting and surprising story about family, lost childhood, and grown-ups who fake maturity trying to recover it. The audition, which shall take place on April 13th and 14th, at the Amphitheatre Hall (access to NTB's Grand Hall), is aimed at children aged between 8 and 13, who areunselfconscious, expressive and talented, who wish to be part of an unusual theatrical experience. The casting shall consist of a free discussion, reading a short fragment of the play, and a little improvisation exercise. Artistic moments prepared at home (reciting a poem, performing a small play or a song) are welcome, but not mandatory. Those selected for casting shall receive confirmation via e-mail, as well as details of the time they are scheduled for auditions on April 13th and 14th. The rehearsal period is April to June (the premiere is estimated on June 21), and the programme shall be based on the school timetable and children's availability (ensuring constant attendance to rehearsals). In order to enroll children in casting, please send by April 11th, 7:00 p.m. to the following e-mail address: - three pictures of the child, in different postures, with name, surname , age, e-mail address, and phone number.  All children attending auditions must be accompanied by a parent or legal representative. You are most welcome!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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March 27th, 2019 - World Theatre Day at NTB

27 March 2019

On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019, we invite you to celebrate the World Theatre Day ... in the theatre! From 11:30 until the fall of the last curtain, the IL Caragiale National Theatre opens its doors to all those who are curious to discover what is happening in the spectacular building in the center of Bucharest. Two screenings with free entry (within the 130 available seats) shall take place in the Media Room: From 11.30, you can see again the play recorded on film The Navel by Jean Anouilh with Radu Beligan in the lead role - an actor whose career longevity on stage earned him acknowledgementby Guinness World Records. The show premiered in 2004, was performed for 10 uninterrupted seasons, with more than 350 performances at the headquarters, in domestic and international tours, all to a full house. Duration: 1h50. From 2.00 p.m., with the live commentary of author Mihai Bodea, we invite you to watch an unusual documentary film, NTB's Revealed Chronicle (2008 - 2015). The conference-projection is based on an impressive archive of videos, photos, panoramas, architectural plans, interviews and features in the press, and not only the reconstruction of the National Theatre building, but also the stories of the people who worked here throughout the remodeling site of the building. Some of them shall also be present in the hall, witnesses to their own history! Estimated Duration: 1h. From 3:00 p.m. we suggest that you make a documented guided tour with our colleague Ionut Corpaci, in order to discover the unseen part of the National Theatre and find out where and how the shows are born. And last but not least, to admire how the top of Bucharest is seen! Meeting point: in the foyer facing the entrance to the Media Hall. On your way, you shall also go through the temporary exhibitions currently hosted by the theatre: Studio Hall foyers - Francophone Lounge - exhibition of comic strips, caricatures and comic filmfragments signed by artists from Argentina, Wallonia-Brussels, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Lebanon, Romania, Hungary, Uruguay. The exhibition is organized by the Group of Embassies, Delegations and Francophone Institutions of Romania (GADIF). Media Foyer (Intercontinental wing) - Commemorative Exhibition Stefan Bucataru - 50 Years of Painting. The rotunda of the Small Hall foyer - Anniversary retrospective exhibition Stefan Pelmus 70, painting. The Media Hall foyer (Tudor Arghezi wing) - Painting exhibition of Norica Vesca - Popescu, entitled The Circle. From 6:00 p.m. we invite you to the Librarium, the bookstorefrom the Grand Hall lobby (behind the ticket booth), for the book Balance Exercise by Andreea Tanasescu, PhD univ. lecturer at UNATC, choreographer, cultural project manager, director of the “A & A Associated Artist” Cultural Association. The volume published by the Tritonic publishing house contains four plays and shall be released in the presence of the author. On this celebration day of the Theatre, you get a 20% discount on the purchase of any book in the bookstore. In addition, if you participate in the raffle, you shall have the chance to win, by the end of the day, a set of drama books from the Yorick collection of Nemira Publishing House. At 8:00 p.m., the gong shall strike and we invite you to the show halls: At the Studio Hall - The Letter after "A Lost Letter" by I.L. Caragiale, directed by Horatiu Malaele. At the Painting Hall - Five Transitional Women, written and directed by Rodica Popescu Bitanescu At the Black Box Hall - 50 Seconds by Dan Olteanu, directed by Eugen Gyemant At the Small Hall - The Placebo (D)effect - Collective Creation / 9G Project at NTB Tickets can be purchased from the NTB Box Office or online at You are most welcome to the theatre!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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World Theatre Day Message 2019

27 March 2019

March 27th, 2019 Carlos Celdrán, Cuba Before my awakening to theater, my masters were already there. They had built their lodges and poetics on the vestiges of their own lives. Many of them remain unknown or rarely visit our memories: they have worked in secret, in the humble silence of rehearsal rooms, and in theaters overcrowded with spectators. Because, unconsciously, at the end of many years of work strewn with extraordinary achievements, they become invisible and vanish. When I realized that my profession, my personal destiny is to follow in their footsteps, I also understood that I inherited from them the heart-rending and unique tradition of living the present without any other hope than the attainment of the transparency of an unrepeatable moment. The moment you encounter the other in the darkness of the theatre hall, merely protected by the truth of a gesture, of a revealing word. My theatrical homeland is defined by such moments of encounter with the spectators who come to our halls each evening, from the most different corners of my city, to accompany us and share with us a few hours, a few minutes. From these unique moments I build my life, when I cease to be myself, to suffer for myself, and when I rejuvenate and understand the authentic purpose of the craft of theatre: to live ephemeral moments of pure truth when you know that everything you say and do under the limelight is true and reflects your deepest and most personal self. My theatrical myth, mine and my actors’, is woven from all these moments in which we leave aside the masks, the rhetoric, the fear of being who we are, and we take our hands in the dark. Tradition in theatre is a horizontal one. No one can state that in the theatre there is a centre of the world, which would be a privileged city or edifice. The theatre, as I came to perceive it, propagates by following an invisible geography that mixes the lives of those who make theatre with theatrical art, in a unifying gesture. All theatre masters die with their unrepeatable moments of lucidity and beauty, all go the same way, without any other transcendence that shall defend and make them illusory. Theatre masters know this, no recognition is more precious than the certainty that lies at the root of our work: to create moments of truth, ambiguity, strength, freedom in the midst of utmost precariousness. Nothing shall survive beyond the notes on their work and video or photo recordings that shall only convey a pale idea of ​​what they have done. But what shall always be missing in these records is the silent response of the public, who instantly understands that what is happening cannot be either translated or retraced outside, that the truth shared here is a life experience, more ethereal than life itself for a few seconds. When I understood that theatre is a homeland in itself, a vast territory that encompasses the whole world, a decision was born within me, which was also a liberation: you do not have to walk away or move from where you are, you must neither run, nor move. The audience is where you exist. There, your colleagues stand by you in need. There, beyond your home, you find all your daily, opaque and impenetrable reality. And then you work from the apparent immobility you find yourself in, in order to build one of the greatest trips, to rebuild the Odyssey, the legendary journey of the Argonautes: you are a real traveler who does not cease to accelerate the density and rigidity of your real world. Your journey is towards the instant, towards the moment to the unrepeatable encounter with your fellow men. Your journey is towards them, towards their hearts, towards their subjectivity. You travel through them, through their emotions, through their memories that you wake up and put them in motion. Your journey is vertiginous, no one can measure it or silence it. Just as nobody shall acknowledge its true value. It is a journey through the imagination of your people, a seed planted in the farthest land: the civic, ethical and human consciousness of your viewers. That is why I am steadfast, eternally connected to my own home, among those close to me, in a seeming immobility, working day and night, because I own the secret of speed.   Romanian translation of the original text in Spanish by Ligia Soare Translated in English by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The Door Mat, a New Premiere at NTB!

21 March 2019

After a long absence, the comedy The Door Mat by Ion Baiesu returns to the Bucharest billboard! The National Theatre announces the premiere of The Door Matby Ion Baiesu, directed by Mircea Cornisteanu, to be held on Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd, 2019, from 7.00 p.m. at the Studio Hall. A new bet with a long-lasting title on the Romanian stages and a colourful world that does not stubbornly disappear, not just from the block ... Considered one of the most enacted performances of the Romanian theatre, the comedy "The Door Mat" premiered for the first time in 1972 at the Comedy Theatre, when Ion Cojar - the director of that enactment, chose for the lead role of Filofteia, a young woman then, actress Stela Popescu. The show was performed without interruption until 1989, when it was stopped by the censorship of the time. With numerous enactments on stage in the country and even on stages abroad, The Door Mat returns after almost three decades to the Capital. The lively and hilarious characters of the play are impersonated at NTB by: Emilia Popescu - alternate role with Raluca Petra, Marius Rizea, Alexandru Bindea, Ovidiu Cuncea, Monica Davidescu, Tatiana Constantin, Tomi Cristin, Eduard Adam, Dragos Ionescu, Erika Baiesu, Irina Antonie and Alexandru Barbu. The scenery, a miniature block world, a significant part of the plot, is created by scenographer Puiu Antemir and the costumes by Liliana Cenean, also a well-known name of the Romanian scenography. "I wrote this play to make people laugh," said Ion Baiesu, placing a contemporary mirror in front of his contemporaries in order to recognize themselves with the quirks, issues and delights of collective life. "We fall with laughter at what we see, forgetting most often that we laugh at ourselves. It would not be wrong if, for a moment, we thought we might look like those we laugh at", says director Mircea Cornisteanu, who promises a much more sparkling comedy than his previous enactment, created in Craiova in 1985 . You are expected to the ... block of flats, to discover, amidst comic investigations, the mysterious creature that rushes, unknown, unseen, with boots thick with mud, leaving heavy traces on the woolen door mat ofproud Pamfil, an official in the buildingcommittee. The following performances are scheduled for March 31st and April 3rd, 2019 from 7.00 p.m.! Tickets at the NTB Box Office and online on   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The Legendary Comedy "The Door Mat" by Ion Baiesu, in the Pipeline at NTB!

16 March 2019

More than 30 years after the great success he had with the show "The Door Mat", director Mircea Cornisteanu returns with the famous comedy of Ion Baiesu, this time to the Studio Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest! The show, which has attracted tens of thousands of spectators for 13 years, shall once again have a remarkable cast with actors who have already proven to have comedy in their pocket: Emilia Popescu, Raluca Petra, Marius Rizea, Alexandru Bindea, Ovidiu Cuncea, Monica Davidescu, Tatiana Constantin, Tomi Cristin, Eduard Adam, Dragos Ionescu, Erika Baiesu, Irina Antonie and Alexandru Barbu. "Written half a century ago and performed in countless theatres many times, "The Door Mat" stirred cascades of laughter, being, I think, the post-war Romanian comedy most tasted by all the audiences, something quite rarely encountered. Why? I believe for the mastery of the comedian Baiesu to face us with a mirror in which we contemplate ourselves as we are, without deformities. We fall withlaughter at what we see, forgetting most often that we laugh at ourselves. It would not be wrong if, for an instant, we thought we could look like those we laughed at", states director Mircea Cornisteanu, who promises a much more sparkling comedy this time than the previous enactment. Besides, Baiesu's text is perfectly anchored in topicality. The retorts, situations and relationships of the characters are easily recognizable among our friends, neighbours and relatives. Everything departs, as the title of the play announces, from a door mat. But not any kind of mat. The play's hero, Pamfil P. Pamfil, faces a life-and-death problem with his neighbour M.N. Zisu. The latter is accused of "illegally" wiping himself every night on his "pure wool" door mat. "I have a door mat of pure wool, because I like to wipe myself off on something of good quality. It is my habit, it is my only joy in the world, "says Pamfil. To take revenge on his neighbour, Pamfil resorts to a diabolical plan, but not lacking humour. The confrontation with M.N. Zisu shall be epochal and shall ignite ripples of laughter. The premiere of the new show is scheduled for the end of March, when viewers shall be led up "The Door Mat" and shall certainly not regret it!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The New Magic National, on March 2nd, at the Grand Hall!

02 March 2019

Together with the beloved actors of the National Theatre of Bucharest, the king of accordion jazz, Emy Dragoi returns to the grand stage in a concert show that conquered thousands of spectators, not only at the National Theatre of Bucharest, but also abroad, at international genre festivals. Exceptionally orchestrated, presented in a seductive format, the show directed by Ion Caramitru invites you to an evening of frenetic rhythms. The first evening after the 1st March celebration, Magic National  is back on stage with news at the level of the musical repertoire and guests. The cast of this show shall comprise, in lesser known artistic situations: Ion Caramitru, Medeea Marinescu, Marius Manole, Anca Sigartau, Lari Giorgescu, Tania Popa, Eduard Adam, Aylin Cadir, Florin Calabos, Emilian Marnea and Petre Ancuta. The bands 3D Pro`ect, Jazz Hot Club Romania and Lucian Maxim, the remarkable percussionist well-known in the theatre world, shall provide both modern sounds and retro air, alongside Emy Dragoi. At the forefront of the special invitations, we shall place Charlie Chaplin! His genius spills out of the screen on the big stage, and the delightful “Vagabond”from the screen, whose youth continues to amaze us, shall receive the music on stage. A modern reiteration of the road from silent to sound film. The music of Eugen Doga, one of the greatest contemporary Romanian composers, shall give us wings. And "The Waltz of Love" shall encounter Argentine tango in the repertoire of this special evening, on the NTB grand stage. "Jalousie" shall be performed by two pairs of dancers from Tango Tangent. As jazz shall also encounterchansonnette and Russian songs. We are waiting for you to spend an evening in which NTB's Grand Hall shall turn into a "Piazza Grande reviving epochs, styles, states..." as one of the critics of the young generation notices. Bestow a gift upon your loved ones: receive and give the symbol of spring through a seatbooked at the New Magic National, on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, from 8.00 p.m. at the Grand Hall! Tickets are available at the NTB Box Office in the Grand Hall foyer, as well as online on   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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