At 92, Radu Beligan, Honourary President for life of the International Theatre Institute and the longest standing Romanian actor, was granted a star on the already-prestigious Walk of Fame in Bucharest’s Time Square and the key of the city.
He was awarded this distinction on the date which marks the World Theatre Day, when Metropolis Theatre paid homage to the veterans of Romanian theatre and cinema.
Initiated by Cocor and Metropolis Theatre, the Romanian version of the prestigious “Walk of Fame” made its debut in January 2011, by granting the first two stars in the project to celebrated actors Florin Piersic and Victor Rebengiuc.
On Sunday it was master Radu Beligan’s turn, after collecting 37 pc of the public’s votes in a poll organized on the www.cinemagia.ro website.
“It is an honour for us to enrich Time Square by a star dedicated to the master Radu Beligan. We are encouraged by the success of preceding events and we will go on promoting the Romanian Walk of Fame as a reference place which brings together the most prestigious names in our culture,” Dan Barbulescu, the chairman of Cocor SA’s B.A., stated.
Placed, strategically, in the historical centre of Bucharest and modelled upon the legendary Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, the Time Square project is part of Cocor’s strategy to promote Romanian values by hosting honourary stars which pay homage to the most beloved Romanian actors
“On the occasion of World Theatre Day, we wish to grant a star on the Walk of Fame, in recognition of everything he has done for Romanian theatre, to the herald of tales, the bearer of deep thoughts, the master Radu Beligan … The man who mimics people, who speaks about people, who lives through people, who creates people,” George Ivascu, director general of the Metropolis Theatre, stated.
On the same occasion, Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu handed to Radu Beligan the symbolic ‘key of the city.’ On the same festive occasion, George Ivascu read out the annual address of the National Theatre Institute, “Towards a theatre which serves the human being”, dedicated to this important day and remitted to all theatres in the world.
To mark this event, yesterday evening at the Prometheus Club, the Metropolis Theatre continued its celebration of our great artists under the heading “Veterans of Romanian theatre and cinema”: Ion Besoiu (80), Florin Piersic and George Motoi (75), Violeta Andrei (70), Eugenia Maci, Tora Vasilescu and Radu Gheorghe (60).
This occasion also saw the launch of the latest project of the theatre, “Metropolis Alternativ”, set up in partnership with the Anonimul Foundation, at the Prometheus Club, which will host productions of the Metropolis Theatre.
Radu Beligan, born on December 14, 1918, in the village Galbeni, Filipesti Township, Bacau County, has played, throughout his career, spanning seven decades, major parts in plays by the likes of I.L. Caragiale, Barbu Stefanescu Delavrancea, Camil Petrescu and Mihail Sebastian. Currently, Radu Beligan is playing on the stage of the National Theatre, in the play “L’égoiste”, which he also directs.
Other great names of Romanian culture will join the stars on the Walk of Fame in the near future.