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Cluj-Napoca National Theatre will close its 2014/2015 season after the presentation of the performance The Cherry Orchard and The Spectator Sentenced to Death within the International Theatre Festival in Almada, Portugal, 4-18 July 2015.

In this season the theatre hosted 12 premieres, three major annual events (Doors Open Day,  Cluj International Meetings and Doors Open Night), it had 166 representations and  65.037 spectators.  

The number of travels increased this season and our productions have been presented within important national and international festivals: The National Theatre Festival in Bucharest, The International Classical Theatre Festival in Arad, The Festival of Contemporary Drama in Brașov, The Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin, FEST-FDR 2015 Timişoara, Caracal Theatre Festival, The international Theatre Festival in Sibiu, The Festival of Romanian Comedy - festCo  2015 and CLUJ NEVER SLEEPS, strategic program of Cluj-Napoca 2015 - European Youth Capital. 

The 2014/2015 theatre season brought our theatre an impressive number of prizes and distinctions. We are honored to have received the Royal Decoration "Nihil Sine Deo", offered by His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania, and the CERTIFICATE OF DE EXCELENCE offered by the most important tourist recommendation site, TRIPADVISOR. This season brought actress Anca Hanu two important awards for the role of Amalia in Amalia takes a deep breath by Alina Nelega (Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role offered by UNITER and the award for Best Actress at the Short Theatre Festival in Oradea.

We would like to mention that form 1 July to 25 August 2015, the theatre’s ticket agency will be closed.


Thank you for being here for us, we wish you a sunny summer and we look forward to seeing you again in the autumn, the 2015/2016 theatre seasons opens on 30 August.

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre has been invited to participate with two productions at the International Theatre Festival in Almada, organized by the "Joaquim Benite" Municipal Theatre from Almada, Portugal. The productions that will participate are The Cherry Orchard by A. P. Chekhov, director Roberto Bacci, and The Spectator Sentenced to Death by Matei Vişniec, director Răzvan Mureşan.


The 32nd edition of the festival will take place from 4 to 18 July 2015. This year, the selection comprises productions from numerous countries such as Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, France, Brazil, representing an opportunity to see some of the best performances from Portugal and the world. The list of the directors behind these productions is also impressive, with such names as Christoph Marthaler, Peter Stein, Luis Miguel Cintra, Katie Mitchell or Matthias Langhoff. The festival will take place both in Almada and in Lisbon, and, aside from the performances, the event will also host debates, exhibitions, concerts, street performances and numerous other activities. Further details about the festival and the selected productions are available here.


The Cherry Orchard will be presented on 12 July, 6 pm, at the Trinidade Theatre in Lisbon, and The Spectator Sentenced to Death will be presented on 13 July (9.30 pm), 14 July (4 pm) and 15 July (9.30 pm) at the "Joaquim Benite" Municipal Theatre from Almada, Experimental Hall.


The participation of the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre at the Festival from Almada is supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Lisbon.

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre is honored to receive the CERTIFICATE FOR EXCELLENCE for 2015 offered by TRIPADVISOR, based on the votes and reviews of the users of the TripAdvisor website. 

TripAdvisor has been offering these Certificates for excellence for five years, worldwide, to all the institutions and places best ranked by visitors. When selecting the winners for these Certificates, TripAdvisor uses an algorithm which evaluates the quality, quantity and nature of the visitors’ reviews and opinions over a period of 12 months. In order to qualify, a potential winner must maintain a minimum rating of 4 out of 5 points, have a minimum number of reviews and be present on the TripAdvisor website for at least 12 months.

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Cluj-Napoca National Theatre announces the premiere of UbuSlammer!, adaptation by Gábor Tompa based on Ubu in Chains and other texts by Alfred Jarry, translation: Romulus Vulpescu, which will take place on the Main Stage, Tuesday, 9 June 2015, at 7 pm. Director: Gábor Tompa, set designer: Carmencita Brojboiu, choreography: Vava Ștefănescu, music: Ada Milea, costume assistant: Ilona Lőrincz, lights: Jenel Moldovan, sets designed at the Altax Shops SRL Bucharest. The cast comprises the actors: Marian Râlea, Anca Hanu, Dan Chiorean, Silvius Iorga, Alexandra Tarce, Cătălin Herlo, Radu Lărgeanu, Miron Maxim, Cristian Rigman, Irina Wintze, Elena Ivanca, Angelica Nicoară, Ionuț Caras, Cornel Răileanu, Cristian Grosu, Dragoș Pop, Adrian Cucu, Sânziana Tarța, Gigi Iordache. Live orchestra: Mihnea Blidariu, Zoltan Reman, Ioan Macavei.


Precursor of Surrealism, Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) wrote in ten years the six plays revolving around the main character Père Ubu: in 1891 - Ubu Roi, in 1896 - Paralipomènes dUbu, in 1899 and 1901 - Almanach illustré du Père Ubu, in 1897 - Ubu cocu, in 1900 - Ubu enchaîné [Ubu in Chains] and in 1901 - Ubu sur la colline. He created a personal and explosive humor through the language of mister Ubu and the new "science" he invented: "pataphysics". The characteristic traits of Jarry’s character are dominated by a monstrous greed for women, booze, money, power, all sought after with great cowardice and a despotism aimed primarily at the weak. 

In Gábor Tompa’s production, among other characters from Ubu in Chains, - the basis for the script -, the playwright himself appears, delivering the speech given on the occasion of the opening of Ubu Roi as well as the text written for the program at the time. Ubu’s dramatic figure contains in itself all the attributes of the theatre of cruelty, developed thirty years later by Artaud. Ubu and his Wife cause chaos and disorder and the amorphous crowd, living as paradisiac slaves, will never get the chance to exercise their freedom. Jarry’s play is overwhelmingly fresh, gaining more meaning in a paradigm of confiscated power, all under the attentive look of ever new "types" of politicians which empty all values, the result being a real debraining, as Mr. Ubu would put it. The two Ubus, killed in rage and buried at the Monstre-Martre cemetery, will come to life, re-entering the story (again and again). Mr. and Mrs. Ubu, "secluded" in jail, a place which is more safe and comfortable - as the old saying goes: "Today in power, tomorrow in jail" - will lead their army of convicts from there, all on the music created by Ada Milea which will accompany the deeds of those caught in the swirl of events. And when the victims begin to praise their oppressors, they provoke not pity, but laughter.