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The National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca is looking forward to welcoming you at the opening of the debate-production TRIALS AT THE THAETRE. FIRST EPISODE: HAMLET, which takes place in the great hall, Tuesday, 11 June 2019, at 7.00 p.m.. The production is directed by Ionuț Caras, with a video-design by Lucian Matei. The cast includes the actors Cosmin Stănilă (playing Hamlet), Irina Wintze (Gertrude), along with the special guests of the theatre: Cristian Grindean (Polonius), Roxana Mândruțiu (The Prosecutor), Gabriela Groza (The Defense Lawyer). Ionuț Caras will be the Master of Ceremonies. 


Ionuț Caras is an actor of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Theatre Film from UBB. He completed many theatre projects, both as an actor, and as a director. He has innovative ideas in directing, which pursue alternatives to the classic theatre. The same experimental vein is pursued by his most recent theatre project GOOD TEXTS IN CRAZY PLACES.

The National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca at the Matei Vișniec Theatre Days of Suceava

The National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca is presenting the production ON THE SENSATION OF RESILIENCE WHEN TREADING ON DEAD BODIES by Matei Vișniec, directed by Răzvan Mureșan, within the Matei Vișniec Theatre Days. The performance takes place on 28 May 2019, from 7.00 p.m., at the Matei Vișniec Theatre of Suceava.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

The National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca is looking forward to welcoming you at the opening of the production The Most Beloved of Earthlings, after Marin Preda's famous novel, on a script by Tudor Lucanu. The preview of the production takes place on Thursday, 23 May, and the premiere, on Friday, 24 May 2019, from 7.00 p.m., in the Great Hall. The production is directed by Tudor Lucanu, scenography by: Cristian Rusu, music by: Șerban Ursachi, lighting designer: Jenel Moldovan. The cast includes Matei Rotaru, Ramona Dumitrean, Sânziana Tarța, Irina Wintze, Ovidiu Crişan, Ioan Isaiu, Petre Băcioiu, Radu Lărgeanu, Anca Hanu, Adrian Cucu, Cosmin Stănilă, Miron Maxim, Ruslan Bârlea, Radu Dogaru, Cătălin Herlo.

Romanian writer Marin Preda was born in Siliștea Gumești (Teleorman), on 5 August 1922. He made his debut with the short stories volume The Meeting between the Lands (1948). He published the first volume of his novel The Morometes in 1955 (the second volume would appear in 1967). They were followed by The Prodigals (1962), The Intruder (1968), The Great Loner (1972), The Delirium (1975), The Impossible Return (press articles, 1971), Life as a Prey (memoir, 1977).

The Most Beloved of Earthlings,
Preda's last work, paints an ample view upon Romanian Stalinism. The three-volume novel was published in 1980, shortly before the author's tragic demise, on 16 May 1980, at the Writers' Creation House from the Mogoșoaia Palace. Eugen Simion wrote in his preface to the 1984 edition of the novel: "The Most Beloved of Earthlings is a total novel (...), which depicts an individual destiny that assumes the history, and a history that lives through an individual destiny". The hero, philosopher and academic Victor Petrini, was shaped after the tragic fate of famous Romanian writers like I.D. Sîrbu and Ion Caraion, both of whom were victims of political persecution after the installation of communism. Critic Laurențiu Ulici justly observed that all the moments "of the hero's social life enable the author to examine in realistic, blunt terms the «haunting decade of Stalinism»“. 

While he prepares the next premiere at the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, the production THE MOST BELOVED OF EARTHLINGS by Marin Preda, caught in intense, challenging rehearsals, director Tudor Lucanu found the time to answer our questions and introduce us into the atmosphere of the production.


The preview will take place on Thursday, 23 May, at 7.00 p.m., and the premiere, on Friday, 24 May, at 7.00 p.m., in the Great Hall.


Tudor, how many other productions did you dramatize?



Tudor Lucanu: Actually, at the Cluj Theatre I only directed Love Stories at First Sight. Then, You're an Animal, Viskovitz! after Alessandro Boffa at the "Anton Pann" Theatre of Râmnicu-Vâlcea. I've also directed at the "Excelsior" Theatre of Bucharest Lord of the Flies by William Golding, which was dramatized by Nigel Williams. That would make The Most Beloved of Earthlings the third performance that I've dramatized.