Among the most important directors making a comeback on local stages are Silviu Purcarete, Alexandru Tocilescu and Andrei Serban.
Despite recession, most of the country’s big theatres are looking at a year ripe with premieres. One of the most anticipated for the beginning of the year is Alexandru Tocilescu’s take on Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor.” The reputed director has turned the famous farce into a musical with modern accents. Opening at Bucharest’s Metropolis Theatre on January 12 and 15, the performance is in fact a re-enactment of Tocilescu’s first theatre success in 1978, with the same play, on the stage of Piatra Neamt’s reputed Youth Theatre. In the 2011 instalment featuring big names such as Gelu Nitu, Adriana Trandafir, George Ivascu, the actors will sing live, as opposed to the 1978 musical where they were doing playback.
Another Bucharest theatre with a few surprises in store this year is Bulandra. On January 15, the theatre’s mid-season kicks off with “Bury Me behind the Baseboard” based on the homonymous novel by Pavel Sanaev and directed by Russian director Yuryi Kordonskyi. The performance will be followed in the end of January by a highly anticipated Andrei Serban (photo) work with Chekhov’s “Ivanov,” featuring two big names of local theatre, Victor Rebengiuc and Vlad Ivanov.
The National begins the year with “Macbeth” reinvented by director Radu Penciulescu and featuring reputed actors Ion Caramitru and Valeria Seciu. Also looking at the classics is Odeon Theatre with the first premiere in 2011 scheduled for the end of January, Calderon de la Barca’s “Life is a Dream” Other scheduled openings include Antoine de Saint Exupery’s “Little Prince,” in an instalment for both younger and more mature audiences.
Another theatre looking at a full year is Sibiu’s Radu Stanca, where famous director Silviu Purcarete directs his very own modern version of Romanian classic play “D’Ale Carnavalului” by I.L. Caragiale. Also, Russian Yuryi Kordonskyi will premiere in March in Sibiu “The Chronicle of Love Events” by Tadeusz Konwicki.