ARTS & LEISURE

At the age of 85, actor Ion Lucian wants to reopen the Excelsior Theatre

Actor Ion Lucian reached the venerable age of 85 on Wednesday, he is the second eldest actor of the Romanian theatre after 91-year-old Radu Beligan. Highly fond of children and willing to stir the appetite for culture of the youngest audience, he founded two theatres targeted on them: “Ion Creanga” and “Excelsior” – the institution he manages at the time being. In an interview for the “Ziua,” the artist confessed the thoughts and wishes that tempt him at this age, mentioning that the anniversary could only take place on this stage. “We had a party here, at the theatre, as usually, because we have the habit of celebrating the name days and birthdays in our little family, and we consider that we might thus maintain a state of understanding, a friendly atmosphere. Afterwards, we had another party with colleagues of other theatres, at our “Marshal Antonescu” Club. During the days to come, I will appear at my own theatre, in “The Beauty and the Beast.”

The artist’s greatest wish is to restore the Excelsior Theatre until this autumn, after twelve years of struggle with the obstacles of bureaucracy. “Twelve years have passed since I have been fighting my way through four electoral campaigns and with five Mayors in order to provide a free theatre and an institution that was the property of the Mayoralty all along… I was forced to interrupt the works three and a half months ago. Now, Oprescu stopped this vicious circle and, in spite of the financial crisis, the Mayoralty accepted to fund the restoration works.

Therefore, my institution will open this autumn, with shows such as the dramatization of the Romanian tale “Insir-te margarite,” as well as “The Little Prince” and “The Wizard of Oz.” If I was able to defeat the Romanian bureaucracy, it will be an easier task for me to charm the audience,” the actor declared to the quoted source.

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