Currently at its 10th edition, an anniversary edition, the Shakespeare International Theatre Festival is a special event for world culture, being among the most important festivals against the backdrop in which events marking 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare are taking place all over the world.
One of the most modern staging of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in the innovative vision of Bulgaria’s Alexander Morfov, will be presented at the current edition of the festival ranked as one of the most important festivals in the contemporary world of theatre.
For 10 days, starting on April 14, this year’s edition will present a wide range of cultural events of great interest, shows from 15 countries from 4 continents. Famous bands, prestigious actors and famous directors make up the business card of the Shakespeare International Theatre Festival in Craiova. The festival will take place in the most varied venues, from theatre halls to surprising unconventional venues such as the roof of the Craiova National Theatre.
The current edition will take place not only in Craiova but also in Bucharest, Ramnicu Valcea, Slatina, Targu Jiu and Drobeta Turnu Severin.
The ‘I.L. Caragiale’ National Theatre’s show will take place at its headquarters, on Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. Having recently returned on the theatre season’s playbill, The Tempest, with Ion Caramitru playing the lead character (this year, Caramitru was designated by the British Council a Shakespeare Cultural Ambassador in Romania), alongside a top-level cast which includes Mihai Calin as Caliban (UNITER award for this exceptional creation), Istvan Teglas as Airle and Alexandra Salceanu (new TNB band member!) as Miranda.
A notable feat of the Bucharest National Theatre, The Tempest is on the playbill of the anniversary event as part of a select international line-up which includes: Thomas Ostermeier’s “Richard III” (the great revelation of the Avignon Festival in 2015), presented by Schaubuhne Theatre; “Richard II” signed by legendary Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa; Luk Perceval’s “Macbeth,” presented by the Baltic House Theatre Festival; Andrew Hilton’s “Hamlet,” played by the Shakespeare Tobacco Factory; Ben Humphrey’s “Comedy of Errors,” played by Worcester Repertory Company; and Kelly Hunter’s “Hamlet,” in Stratford-upon-Avon, the famous playwright’s birthplace.
‘Marin Sorescu’ National Theatre’s “Julius Caesar”, directed by Peter Schneider, as well as “Folia, Shakespeare & Co,” signed by choreographer Gigi Caciuleanu, one of the Romanian artists best known at international level, are among the Romanian productions based on the works of the Great Will and included in the selection of the festival. “Folia, Shakespeare & Co” is scheduled on April 23 at the Bucharest National Theatre.
Bucharest National Theatre’s “The Tempest”, directed by Alexander Morfov, took part in several national and international festivals – Madach International Theatre Meeting (MITEM) and the “Theatrestock” Festival in Bacau in 2015, and the National Theatre Festival in 2014.