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Famous Bulgarian play to perform in Bucharest

On March 2, on the National’s Big Hall stage, theatre lovers will be able to see one of Bulgaria’s most famous performances.


The Sofia National’s “Exiles” is directed by famous director Alexander Morfov.


Based on a story by Bulgaria’s best-known writer Ivan Vazov in 1884, “Exiles” focuses on the lives of several refugees to Romania, who come together animated by the same ideal: a revolution that would free their country from Turkish occupation. Alexander Morfov is easily the most recognizable name in contemporary Bulgarian theatre. In short, his performances are extraordinary, sold out and have earned him dozens of awards. The beginning of Morfov´s theatre career was accommodated in various theatres around Bulgaria; however, most viewers first acknowledged his work on the big stage of Sofia National Theatre. The latter being a grand space, Morfov took good advantage, with large scale, spectacular, vibrant performances. Some of his landmark works include stagings of “A Midsummer Night´s Dream” and “The Tempest”. The director currently works in Russia’s St Petersburg Theatre. His production Eclipse (2006), based on Ken Kesey´s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest” was highly acclaimed by critics. Apart from working on “high” stages as these, Morfov has a flair for unconventional spaces. He created The Wedding/The Funeral, part of a site-specific event Intercult, Stockholm produced in collaboration with Stockholm – Cultural Capital of Europe 1998. The performance took place outside and inside the building of the Old State Archive in Stockholm.


In Bucharest’s performance, the Sofia National Company promises “an irresistible treat for all those who can identify with an ideal that is larger than life.”

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