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The opening of the production THE LAST NIGHT OF LOVE, THE FIRST NIGHT OF WAR, based on a novel by Camil Petrescu, stage adaptation by Ada Lupu, will take place on Thursday, 30 April, 7 pm, on the main stage. Director: Ada Lupu, set design: Iuliana Vîlsan, music and soundtrack: Alin Stoianovici, video: Lucian Matei, assistant director: Olivia Grecea, light design: Jenel Moldovan, choreography: Horia Pop and Ioana Lascu (The Tango Company Cluj). The cast comprises the following actors: Sorin Leoveanu, Ramona Dumitrean, Cristian Grosu, Dragoş Pop, Ovidiu Crişan, Petre Băcioiu, Cristian Rigman, Cătălin Herlo, Emanuel Petran, Radu Lărgeanu, Miron Maxim, Romina Merei, Adriana Băilescu, Matei Rotaru, Cătălin Codreanu.


The author... from life to novel

The novel The Last night of love, the first night of war was written in 1930. Almost twelve years had passed since Camil Petrescu had returned from war, his hearing weakened and three times injured in the two years spent in the trenches. When creating his character, Gheorghidiu, he took into account his experiences during World War I, his enlisting on August 1 1916, as well as his student life at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Bucharest University, and, simultaneously, his studies at the School for Officers (graduating it as a sub-lieutenant).  Next to the "insight into the obscure regions of the conscience", as Tudor Vianu states, the search for an "almost scientific analysis of the typical soul complexes" has been a preoccupation of Camil Petrescu ever since his work on the play Jocul ielelor, in the summer of 1916. 

As the author himself confesses: "Every one of my works is arborescent, meaning it continuously develops, amplifies, ramifying in all its dimensions [...]. This arborescence is achieved in different stages, like a sketch which is gradually amplified through new episodes which are added laterally or intercalated to add to the generating organic idea." This organic arborescence can be found both in the novel and in Ada Lupu’s stage adaptation, a national premiere.

Roxana Croitoru and Eugenia Sarvari



The heroes... from mental images to stage images


In Ada Lupu’s vision, the troubled consciousness of sub-lieutenant Gheorghidiu is envisioned as a dialogue with the Psychiatrist, an invented character, a character derived from Camil Petrescu’s hero, who helps him better understand himself and confront the two overwhelming dimensions of his life: love and war. 

This introspection, conceived almost cinematographically, leads to the duality of the hero from the novel, played by two actors. So, He is Ștefan Gheorghidiu the speaker, hunted by a troubled self, a "hard soul", as Pompiliu Constantinescu states, "lost in life and unable to compromise, with a geometrically organized mind, yet torn by the insidious assault of love". The other Gheorghidiu is the Ștefan from the past who experiences a passionate last night of love with Ella, torn by jealousy, fighting in the trenches during the first night of war.  They are two transparent images of the same intransigent consciousness searching for absolute love and confronted with the social reality of couple life. 

In a sort of psychoanalytical duality and multiplicity of mental and physical spaces, all the characters enter in a sort of pluridimensional labyrinth where beliefs, consciences, prejudices, projections, desires, frustrations, egos, love and regrets are confronted. Iuliana Vîlsan’s set design, combined with all the videos and images, organically contributes to the stage representation of a true vivisection of the consciousness of Camil Petrescu’s hero.

Ştefana Pop-Curşeu


Cluj-Napoca National Theater announces the following change in the schedule for April 2015: the premiere of the production THE MAIDS by Jean Genet, initially scheduled for Wednesday 22 April 2015, is postponed to Saturday, 25 April 2015, 7 p.m. The performance on 24 April will be presented as scheduled, as a preview.

Tickets purchased for 22 April are valid on 25 April or can be reimbursed at the ticket agency, no later than 25 April. Tickets purchased online can be reimbursed by contacting the representatives at the email address, no later than 25 April 2015.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we would like to thank you for your understanding. 

On 6 April 2015, at 5pm, in the "Art Club" Studio of the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, Andrej and Teresa Welminski invite you to a public meeting, celebrating 100 years since the birth of Tadeusz Kantor.

Polish Theatre director, set designer, actor, painter, emballage creator ("Emballage Manifesto", 1964) and theoretician, Tadeusz Kantor was born on 6 April 1915 in Wielopole Skrzynski, and died on 8 December 1990, conducting his activity mostly in Cracow. He is one of the top representatives of Polish Avant-garde, a true revolutionary of performance art, his most important productions being The Dead Class (1975), Wielopole, Wielopole (1980), Let the Artists Die (1985), or I shall never return (1988). He is the founder of the Cricot 2 Theatre company, together with which, starting with 1955, he created perfomances and happenings presented in Poland and around the world. 

Andrej Welminski is a graduate of the Faculty of Graphic Art from the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts. Actor and director, Andrej Welminski was one of the close collaborators of Tadeusz Kantor. From 1973 to 1990, he was part of all the productions and tours of the famous Cricot 2 Theatre. He currently organizes conferences and workshops based on the history, theory (philosophy) and stage practice of the Cricot 2 Theatre.   

Teresa Welminski graduated from the Medical High School of Cracow in 1976. She collaborated with Tadeusz Kantor for almost 20 years, acting in all the major productions of the Cricot 2 Theatre. As of 1990, together with Andrej Welminski, she directs performances and conducts specialized workshops.


Entrance is free, according to availability. 

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre organizes, on Friday, 27 March 2015, between 10:00 - 19:00, the sixth edition of its annual event DOORS OPEN DAY, on the occasion of the World Theater Day. Entrance is free, according to availability.  


The special guest of the event will be the actor Marcel Iureş. Audiences will get the chance to see him on the main stage, in a dialogue with the director Mihai Măniuţiu, address questions and then, ask for autographs.


The event DOORS OPEN DAY is comprised of two main sections, one dedicated to children, from 10.00 to 14.00, which consists of a performance, face painting and moldable balloons, story reading and a creative theater workshop, and one dedicated to adults, from 14:00 to 19:00, consisting of fragments of a commedia dellarte performance, a recital of old music from the Maramureş area, a debate on "Theater and Society", but also an open rehearsal, followed by discussions with the creators of the performance 12 Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, director Tudor Lucanu. At the same time, spectators will have the opportunity to participate in two Theatre trivia sessions, see a lighting and sound installation and admire living statues.   


Spectators will be able to visit the stage and backstage areas of the theater in tours guided by the actors of the   Cluj-Napoca National Theatre.


Throughout the event, the theater will host a theater photo exhibition, by Nicu Cherciu, as well as the Cluj-Napoca National Theater bookstore and Bookstory bookstore, an exhibition and sale with objects designed by disabled children and the Doamna T café.

The complete program of the event is available here.