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April 21, 2021

Radu Beligan celebrates 92nd birthday on stage

Romanian living legend Radu Beligan has proven not only longevity, but an artistic energy that can transcend time limits. He celebrated his 92nd birthday on stage yesterday with the 207th performance of his most successful performance with “The Egoist” by Jean Anouilh.

Earlier this year, the artist, who proves to have more vitality and force than many younger actors, has taken the play on tour throughout the country. Another sold-out performance with “The Egoist” is scheduled for tonight at the National. All of this year’s performances were sold-out weeks in advance, proving the public is still heavily responding to the talent and vitality of the actor.

Today’s event will be preceded by a book launch and the presence at the show of Jean Anouilh’s daughter Co­lom­be d’Harcourt Anouilh. The performance marks one hundred years since the birth of the author, on which occasion French author Anda Visdei will launch the Romanian version of the biography “Anouilh, a merry and inconsolable writer.”

Born on December 14, 1918, Radu Beligan was born in Bacau, Romania, in a Greek family. Along the years, he has managed to build for himself one of the longest-running and prolific theatre and movie careers in Romania. As a young man, he studied Law and Philosophy in Bucharest. At the age of 20 he appeared on stage in Dostoievski’s “Crime and Punishment” at the Liedertafel-Alhambra-Regina Maria theatre in Bucharest. In more than seven decades spent on stage, the actor has developed an impressive theatre, film, television and radio activity, making himself recognized by means of famous parts from Romanian, as well as world literature. He was a student of Lucia Sturdza Bulandra at the Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and upon graduation performed in numerous theatres across Romania. The artist has played more than 80 theatre characters and 30 film ones. Between 1971 and 1977 he served as President of the International Theatre Institute ITI, UNESCO. In 1979, he was elected Honourary President for life of the ITI. In 2002, Beligan received a Legion of Honour nod from France President Jacques Chirac.

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