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Theatres, getting ready for a new season

The Bucharest National Theatre (TNB) season opens Sept 17.

Theatres in Bucharest and the country at large announced this week their premieres early this coming season. The Bucharest National Theatre (TNB) season opens Sept 17 with plays that proved successful in the previous season, but also with the premiere “Magifique” on Tchaikovsky’s music, on the grand stage. “The Boy in the Last Row” by Juan Mayorga, one of the best known Spanish contemporary playwrights, will be staged by Cristian Theodor Popescu. “The Visit” by well-known Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt is another much awaited premiere, directed by celebrated Bulgarian director Aleksander Morfov. Also at the TNB, Petr Zelenka’s Purification, director Alexandru Mazgareanu. The Caragiale year (2012 – 100 years since his death) will bring on stage the Romanian playwright’s masterpieces staged by reputed directors and performed by fine actors and actresses among which “D’ale carnavalului” directed by Alexandru Tocilescu.

Bucharest’s Comedy Theatre has opened this season with “The Woman Who Lost Her Garters” directed by Silviu Purcarete, at its new Teatrul Teatrelor (Romexpo) location. Metropolis is another theatre that has opened the season, with “Love Stories” starring Maia Morgenstern, while preparing for the first ever “theatre series” in Romania, a production of “Angels in America” by American playwright Tony Kushner.

Bulandra Theatre gets ready for “Friends” by Kobo Abe director Alexandru Tocilescu, but also a play by Hanocjh Levin.

Premieres across the country

Theatres elsewhere in Romania would not allow them to be upstaged by their Bucharest counterparts. “Draculatura” by Robert Lakatos and “The Anniversary” by Robert Woodruff are two of the premiere performances at the Magyar State Theatre in Cluj, in the season 2011-2012. The Sibiu National theatre opens the season Sept 14 with the premiere “Mr. Puntila and His Man Matti” by Bertolt Brecht. Timisoara National Theatre begins the season with “The Runner” by Mattias Andersson and “The Lost Letter” by I.L. Caragiale. Spring Wakening by Frank Wedekind will be this month’s third premiere.

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