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May 27, 2022

“Macbeth” study-performance premiere

The study-performance “Macbeth”, starring Ion Caramitru and Valeria Seciu, opens, tonight, at the Grand Hall of the Bucharest National Theatre (TNB). The show is produced under the aegis of TNB’s “Ion Sava” Theatrical Creation and Research Centre. Rarely performed and even considered, in the theatrical world’s superstition-filled myth, a “jinx” play, “Macbeth” is treated, in TNB’s production, as a living literary text, highly contemporary and filled with topical meanings. Pursuing, with laser-like precision, every thread of the conflict, Radu Penciulescu – a prestigious director and pedagogue, who signed, in the early 1970s, a memorable performance of “King Lear”, which gave rise to fierce debates in the Romanian press of the day – deploys before us a world torn apart by plot and intrigue, a harsh and merciless world, very akin to the world today. Created with the means of an overt minimalism, which does not shrink from the tragic poetry of the ever unbalanced struggle between the human being and history, is, at the same time, an homage to theatre, to its mysteries and secrets, but, above all, to the actor, the essential presence in this art which has held a sway over us for thousands of years. Ion Caramitru, in the title role, and Valeria Seciu, as Lady Macbeth, return on the stage of the Bucharest National Theatre, several decades after the debut, in a duet/duel of an extraordinary acting intensity.

Venue: National Theatre Bucha­rest; Address: 2, N. Balcescu Blvd, tel. no: 021 313. 91. 75

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