The National Theatre Festival, 31st edition will take place between 6 and 14 November 2021

06 November 2021
Kiritza Changes Her Voice, but Not Her Habits! 13 October 2021
The National Theatre of Bucharest announces the first performances of the new premiere Kiritza or the Game of..., on Wednesday 13th (preview) and Thursday 14th October 2021 (official premiere), at 8 pm, at Studio Hall. A show produced by NTB in co-production with the Art Production Foundation and Gigi Căciuleanu Romania Dance Company with the support of JTI. How else could the "merry Alecsandri" be celebrated, now 200 years after his birth, if not with a production about the famous Lady Kiritza, the character who crowned his long career as a playwright with success? A first-rate artist, a multifaceted talent, Gigi Căciuleanu returns to the NTB stage with a dance-theatre challenge. A Kiritza of all Alecsandri's Kiritzas from the first (Kiritza in Iași or Two Daughters and Their Mother, 1850) to the last (Kiritza in the Balloon, 1875), and you will recognise the other two, with all the gallery of comic characters, inflamed by desires and fears. A show starring the well-known provincial Bohemian, uncultured, rude and rank-hungry aristocrat. „An exotic and sophisticated character", as the show's creator sees her. "In fact, all those men (and women) who impersonated her were personalities as complex as can be. The fact that the character was originally conceived as a transvestite shows the need to represent him as 'something' out of the ordinary. Excessive. In the sense that the "excesses" of a soprano are represented by high notes or that of a ballerina by dancing on pointe. But what is more "out of the ordinary" than an opera diva?..." asks Căciuleanu rhetorically. Just as Charlie Chaplin's character didn't always make me laugh, but rather made a tear tremble in the corner of my eye, the character of Lady Kiritza has touched me since I discovered her. Like that of a Moliere-like "gentlemanly bourgeois" in the feminine, eager for emancipation at any cost. Desiring with all her soul to leave her condition in order to "go to the moon and the stars"... I think that if Alecsandri had lived in Gagarin's time, Lady Kiritza would certainly not have flown in a balloon, but in a cosmic rocket...", Gigi Căciuleanu. We invite you to enter the game proposed by the director-choreographer, to savour Alecsandri's texts translated into moving words and sung words, to unravel the tangled webs of Kiritzoaia's intrigues, now, in 2021, a charming opera diva - Kiritza changes her voice, but not her moods! - endowed with the most brilliant and dizzying high notes. Together with the distinguished soprano Oana Berbec, the superb DanceActresses and the marvellous DanceActors of the National Ballet, Gigi Căciuleanu creates a performance with exceptional scores, full of charm and joy, which transpose into gesture, movement and rhythm, the flavour of the language and speech of an era with its cosmopolitan mentalities. You may ask, why "The Game of..."? Gigi Căciuleanu explains: Because, in fact, the characters do not exist as such, but as members of a troupe of actors modelled on the one in Shakespeare’s "Dream..." where each one of them can put themselves into the skin and costume of any of the characters". Beside soprano Oana Berbec, you will admire a lot of beloved actors from the NTB company: Ileana Olteanu, Lari Giorgescu, Costina Cheyrouze, Fulvia Folosea, Aylin Cadîr, Crina Semciuc, Victoria Dicu, Eduard Adam, Ciprian Nicula, Florin Călbăjos, Mihai Calotă, Mihai Munteniță, Ionuț Toader, Emilian Mârnea, Axel Moustache, Petre Ancuța. Kiritza or the Game of..., a performance by Gigi Căciuleanu after Vasile Alecsandri.  Written, directed and choreographed by Gigi Căciuleanu, assisted by Lelia Marcu-Vladu. The set design is signed by Florilena Popescu Fărcășanu. Costumes - by Liliana Cenean. The music is composed by Paul Ilea. Do not forget your mask at home, and hurry to the NTB ticket office - or online at - to grab a seat at your heart's desire at one of the upcoming performances. The next performances are scheduled for 27 and 29 October 2021, at 8pm. Kiritza or the Game of..., a reverence from a dance aristocrat to a 19th-century aristocrat of the pen. Kudos! Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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New rules for the audience - october 2021 03 October 2021
From October 3rd, 2021, public access to NTB performances will be based only on the EU's digital COVID certificate (the one containing a QR code) that will be scanned at the entrance via the mobile verification app, which is proof of vaccination or proof of passing through the disease. People with only proof of a negative test of any type (antigen or RT-PCR)- do not have access to the shows. Wearing a mask from the entrance to the NTB building until leaving the performance remains compulsory, including throughout the performance. On Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, the Government adopted a GD on the new regulations and prohibitions decided on 30 September by the National Committee for Emergency Situations. The decision was published in the Official Gazette no. 943/2021. According to the Government Decision for amending the annexes no. 2 and 3 to the Government Decision no. 932/2021 on the extension of the alert status on the Romanian territory starting with September 10th, 2021, as well as the establishment of the measures applied during it to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, considering the fact that the incidence accumulated at 14 days in Bucharest amounts to more than 6/1000 inhabitants, starting with October 3rd, 2021, the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, Public Institution of Culture subordinated to the Ministry of Culture, will apply the following measures: - Organizing and carrying out the activity within cinemas, performance institutions and / or concerts are allowed with the participation of the public up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space and by wearing a protective mask, if the cumulative incidence at 14 days in the county / town is higher than 6 / 1,000 inhabitants. Participation is only allowed for persons who are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination scheme, respectively persons who are in the period between the 15th day and the 180th day following the confirmation of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, under the conditions established by the joint order of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Health, issued pursuant to art. 44 and of art. 71 para. (2) of Law no. 55/2020, with subsequent amendments and completions; - The organization and development of the activity of public or private cultural institutions that manage spaces specifically intended for outdoor cultural-artistic activities are allowed with the participation of the audience up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space,- ensuring a minimum distance of 1 meter between people and- wearing a protective mask, if the cumulative incidence at 14 days in the county / townshipexceeds 6 / 1,000 inhabitants. Participation is only allowed for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination scheme, respectively persons who are in the period between the 15th and the 180th day following the confirmation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, under the conditions established by the joint order of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Health, issued pursuant to art. 44 and of art. 71 para. (2) of Law no. 55/2020, with subsequent amendments and completions;- It is allowed to organize conferences with the participation of people up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the indoor or outdoor space, ensuring an area of ​​at least 2 sqm for each person, wearing a protective mask and complying with public health rules established by the order of the Minister of Health, if the cumulative incidence at 14 days in the county / locality exceeds 6 / 1,000 inhabitants. Participation is only allowed for- persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and- persons for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination scheme, respectively persons who are in the period between the 15th day and 180 days after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection; How to prove vaccination or illness Theproof of vaccination or illness for EU citizens is made through the EU digital certificate on COVID which will be scanned by the economic operator / organizer through the mobile verification application, and in the case of foreign nationals and stateless persons defined according to Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of foreigners in Romania, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions, through the vaccination document issued by the health unit outside Romania where the vaccine was administered or, as the case may be, the document certifying the transition to the disease presented in the respective country's language, and in English. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest became the "Ion Caramitru" Hall 16 September 2021
On Thursday, 16 September 2021, in the presence of Prime Minister Florin Cîțu, Minister of Culture Bogdan Gheorghiu, interim manager Ioan Onisei, the sons of actor Ion Caramitru and several guests from the cultural field, the new name of NTB’s Grand Hall was officially unveiled, which has become the Ion Caramitru Hall.On this occasion, actor Mircea Rusu, artistic director of the National Theatre of Bucharest stated:"It will take us a long time to understand what Ion Caramitru has done for the Romanian theatre and especially for the National Theatre of Bucharest. The initiative of the Minister of Culture, Mr Bogdan Gheorghiu, seems to me to be salutary: Ion Caramitru's image must be preserved, maintained and cultivated. He is the founder of the current National Theatre of Bucharest, unique in Romania's theatrical sphere. I will not enumerate the areas in which he excelled. The theatre is called Caragiale, and the Grand Hall will be called Caramitru. Both have the sap of a branch of Romanian spirit: sap full of talent, ambition, book knowledge, artistic sensitivity. And all these qualities were in Pino's personality. Pino, we promise not to bring shame to your name, a name you have built with much grace and toil."The Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu, who proposed changing the name of the Grand Hall to "Ion Caramitru" Hall, said on this occasion: "It is the way we ensure today that the cultural legacy left by his majesty will reach future generations. Whether in his position as Minister of Culture, manager of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest or as an actor, he has put himself at the service of excellence and changed the known reality. His name is closely linked to Romanian heritage and the way we relate to its preservation and capitalization today, to UNITER, whose president he was elected in 1990 when this theatrical union was founded, and to the Gala he presented every year and, last but not least, to the 1989 Revolution. But this name is also linked to his extraordinary ability to bring people together, to create ideals, to generate memories. I am convinced that all of us here have looked at Caramitru with admiration and I hope that all those who will step into the Ion Caramitru Hall will honour his memory with an appreciation of the theatre and applause, as the master himself would have wished".The Prime Minister of Romania, Florin Cîțu, asked those present to hold a moment of silence in memory of Ion Caramitru and said in front of the hall that from today will bear the name of the actor: "We all knew the master Ion Caramitru, as an actor in films, or on the stage of the National Theatre. As Minister of Finance, I also knew him as a manager and I would like to say that he was as talented as an actor. A lot of nice words were used during this period. Anything and everything I could say could not illustrate what Ion Caramitru meant to us, Romanians. I know that naming the Grand Hall as Ion Caramitru Hall is a small gesture, but a symbol by which we show our gratitude for all that Ion Caramitru did in his cultural activity. From now on, the plays performed in this hall of the National Theatre will have a special meaning and thus, the legacy left by him will never be lost. Thank you, Ion Caramitru!"Ion Caramitru was the general manager of NTB for 16 years, from 2005 to 2021, being the one who restored the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre in Bucharest to its original architectural form, transforming it into a modern performance building, with a record number of halls, serving the desire of the general public for real theatre. A "New Theatre" that it has served with devotion since 2005.Since 1990, he has led the Romanian Theatre Union (UNITER), to which events such as the National Theatre Festival and the UNITER Awards Gala - true annual celebrations of the profession - are linked.As an actor, he has capitalized the work of Eminescu, telling it like no other throughout Romania and the world and, as Minister of Culture, he has contributed to its survival through both classical means, on paper, and through digital means.He was one of the most brilliant performers of Shakespeare's theatre, producing memorable creations, and was acknowledged as one of the ten best actors in the world to play Hamlet.He was born in 1942 in Bucharest. He graduated from the "I.L. Caragiale" Institute of Theatre and Cinema, class of Prof. Beate Fredanov, in 1964, when he also made his debut on the stage of the National Theatre in Bucharest, in "Eminescu" by Mircea Ștefănescu. His most recent roles were also here, in the shows Eduard III - the main role (2008), Prospero in The Tempest (2014), Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2019), the mega-successful Dinner with Fools by Francis Veber (from 2012), as well as in Ufo by Ivan Vyrypaev (2017) or in the documentary theatre show "Romanian Diary.1989" (2020).For all his artistic activity related to the work of one of the greatest playwrights of all times, in 2016, Ion Caramitru was appointed Shakespeare Cultural Ambassador in Romania, on the occasion of Shakespeare Year - 400.Exceptional career rewarded with numerous awards, including: acting awards in the Romanian Theatre (1975, 1979, 1981, 1985), Cinema Magazine Award for acting (1976), Filmmakers’ Association Award, 1980, Special Jury Award for the main role in the film "Luchian", at the National Film Festival, Costinești, "Academic Merit" awarded by the Romanian Academy, 2012, Aristizza Romanescu Award of the Romanian Academy, 2013.In 1995, he received the title of Officer of Honour of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for his Romanian-British cultural activity and was decorated by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 1997, the title of Knight of the Order of Letters and Arts of France. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Romania with the rank of Grand Cross. He has received 5 honorary doctor degrees, from: the University of Arts in Iasi (2008), Ovidius University in Constanta (2012), ESRA University of Audiovisual Arts in Skopje (2016), "Constantin Brâncuși" University in Târgu-Jiu, December 2017 and the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Kishinev (2018).In 2017, he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Ribbon, the most important Japanese order for foreign citizens, awarded in the name of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan. National Order of the Star of Romania to the rank of Knight, 2017. The latest public recognition was the Award for the Promotion of Eminescu's works, presented by the Ipotești Memorial in June 2021. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Premiere at NTB: a modern author in dialogue with the great Chekhovian themes from The Seagull 13 September 2021
On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September 2021, at 7.30 p.m., the official premiere of Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner, directed by Răzvan Oprea, is scheduled at the Painting Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest. The play with the deliberately irreverent title of the American playwright Aaron Posner, winner of a Helen Hayes Prize for dramaturgy, keeps the Chekhov themes in The Seagull, such as unrequited love, shattered dreams or the search for new forms of theatrical art, but places them against the background of the twentieth century. The author is a playwright, associate professor of acting and directing at the American University in Washington DC, co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia and, between 2006-2010 - artistic director of Two River Theatre, but also an exciting director who has won several editions of the Helen Hayes Awards for Best Director. With this adaptation, he "transforms a classic writer, often treated with formal respect, into a mirror that shows in clear detail everything that is new in the unhappiness of today's people," writes The New York Times, appreciating the play as "a Chekhov for the 21st century ". "It brings a fine and modern tuning to The Seagull. We could say that it takes a famous work of art and resizes it, adding many pixels to it. He does not venture far from the base plot of Seagull, and whether you remember the play or not, you can enjoy Stupid Fucking Bird as a completely new play”, appreciates Newsworks. "The Seagull of A. P. Chekhov explores the complexity of human relationships, especially the cruelty of love, while at the same time being a foray into the nature of theatrical art. With a text that is intelligent and insightful without being pretentious, Stupid Fucking Bird is an entertaining, witty, occasionally pejorative and often dark work of art. A fast-paced, funny, clever and often profound piece," writes Talkin' BROADWAY. "Moreover his own response to Chekhov rather than a classic adaptation," state other commentators. The play was first staged in 2013 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and in 2016 at the Arden Theatre Company's, the direction being signed by the author himself. In 2015, it became one of the most frequently staged ten plays; it was produced on 150 other stages outside the United States. With the new staging at the National Theatre of Bucharest, Răzvan Oprea, NTB actor and graduate of a Master’s in Theatre Directing, proposes on the stage of the Painting Hall a modern, provocative, explosive show, a fresh approach to a classic of universal drama. This premiere is part of the NTB - Open Doors for All programme.  With talent and artistic versatility, the cast that includes well-known names of the Bucharest National - Cecilia Bârbora and Marius Bodochi, along with their younger colleagues Eduard Adam, Cosmina Olariu, Vitalie Bichir, Alexandra Sălceanu, Emilian Mârnea - simultaneously populates two worlds - that of Chekhov's heroes and that of Aaron Posner's characters. The show is not recommended for minors aged under 16. Contains nudity scenes. You are expected at NTB to encounter a different Chekhov, a Seagull closer to the sensitivity of the audience of these times. We wish you a pleasant viewing! The next performance will take place on September 24th, at 7.30 pm. Tickets can be found at the NTB Ticket Office and online, on   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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