National Theatre starts off vast rehabilitation project

The National Theatre (TNB) will undergo a series of rehabilitation works, as of the beginning of March, the Ministry of Culture has informed. The works are part of a project initiated since 2007, explains Ion Caramitru, TNB manager, and the rehabilitation will include enlarging and adding a series of new performance halls. Thus, the theatre’s Amfiteatru Hall will be completely put down and the big hall will eventually feature 850 seats. Also, five new stage-halls and an open air one on the building’s roof will be set up.

The project is no stranger to controversy, though, as both the National Operetta and the National Dance Centre, two of the building’s tenants will be evicted. Also, another club functioning within the premises, the famous Laptaria lui Enache will return after rehabilitation is complete. The Dance Centre, it appears, is in the most difficult situation, as the only performance hall this institution has had over years was the one inside the National.

According to Minister Kelemen, a compromise solution was proposed, so the Dance Center could function once a week at the National Theatre’s Atelier Hall. Also, according to the Ministry of Culture, the centre can for a while stage shows in a Palace Hall location, until a special, cube-like building is made to permanently host CNDB shows.

As for the Operetta, the institution will have to clear its current location in September and, according to Minister Kelemen, a huge, especially built tent will be installed in a space behind the National Library.

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