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Change in the schedule

Dear spectators,


We would like to inform you that the performance 12 ANGRY MEN scheduled for 9 April 2016 has been postponed until 12 MAY 2016, for medical reasons. 

Tickets purchased for this performance are valid for 12 May, or they can be reimbursed at the Ticket Agency from 8 April, 11.00 a.m., until 29 April, 05.00 p.m. Tickets purchased online, at, are valid, or can be reimbursed by contacting the representatives of the company at:, no later than 30 April.


We apologize for the inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you at our performances.

Do we need theatre?
That is the question thousands of professionals disappointed in theatre and millions of people who are tired of it are asking themselves.

What do we need it for?

In those years when the scene is so insignificant in comparison with the city squares and state lands, where the authentic tragedies of real life are being played.

What is it to us?

Gold-plated galleries and balconies in the theatre halls, velvet armchairs, dirty stage wings, well-polished actors' voices; or vice versa, something that might look apparently different: black boxes, stained with mud and blood, with a bunch of rabid naked bodies inside.

What is it able to tell us?


Theatre can tell us everything.

How the gods dwell in heaven, and how prisoners languish in forgotten caves underground, and how passion can elevate us, and how love can ruin, and how noone needs a good person in this world, and how deception reigns, and how people live in apartments, while children wither in refugee camps, and how they all have to return back to the desert, and how day after day we are forced to part with our beloveds, - theatre can tell everything.

The theatre has always been and it will remain forever.


And now, in those last fifty or seventy years, it is particularly necessary. Because if you take a look at all the public arts, you can immediately see that only theatre is giving us-a word from mouth to mouth, a glance from eye to eye, a gesture from hand to hand, and from body to body. It does not need any intermediary to work among human beings-it constitutes the most transparent side of light, it does not belong to either south, or north, or east, or west-oh no, it is the essence of light itself, shining from all four corners of the world, immediately recognizable by any person, whether hostile or friendly towards it.

And we need theatre that always remains different, we need theatre of many different kinds.

Still, I think that among all possible forms and shapes of theatre its archaic forms will now prove to be mostly in demand. Theatre of ritual forms should not be artificially opposed to that of "civilized" nations. Secular culture is now being more and more emasculated, so-called "cultural information" gradually replaces and pushes out simple entities, as well as our hope of eventually meeting them one day.

But I can see it clearly now: theatre is opening its doors widely. Free admission for all and everybody.

To hell with gadgets and computers-just go to the theatre, occupy whole rows in the stalls and in the galleries, listen to the word and look at living images! I t is theatre in front of you, do not neglect it and do not miss a chance to participate in it-perhaps the most precious chance we share in our vain and hurried lives.

We need every kind of theatre.

There is only one theatre which is surely not needed by anyone-I mean a theatre of political games, a theatre of a political "mousetraps", a theatre of politicians, a futile theatre of politics. What we certainly do not need is a theatre of daily terror-whether individual or collective, what we do not need is the theatre of corpses and blood on the streets and squares, in the capitals or in the provinces, a phony theatre of clashes between religions or ethnic groups...


Anatoli Vassiliev

Translation from Russian original: Natalia Isaeva

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre announces the 7th edition of its annual GATES OPEN DAY, on Sunday, 27 March 2016, celebrating the World Theatre Day. The event will take place from noon until 07:00 p.m. and entrance is free, according to availability.  


This week, more than any other time, all doors to Theatre are open! If you happen to walk on Eroilor Boulevard from 21 to 27 March 2016, you will have a chance to literally darken the doors that bring the citizens of Cluj closer to the theatre world. Look for these enchanted gates, take a selfie with them and share them publically on the National Theatre's Facebook page with #ZPD2016! Be creative! The owners of the most voted photos will be rewarded with invitations at our performances!


In order to celebrate together the World Theatre Day, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre OPENS ITS GATES to people of all ages. Children and adults alike are invited to a series of varied and colorful events within the theatre, a chance to befriend the fascinating world of the theatre art and culture. 

THE EMIGRANTS to participate in the “SLAVIJA 2016“ International Theatre Festival, Belgrade

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre will participate, from 12 to 15 March 2016, in the "SLAVIJA 2016" International Theatre Festival in Belgrade, with the production THE EMIGRANTS by Sławomir Mrożek, director Tudor Lucanu. The performance will take place on 14 March, 08:00 p.m., at the Slavija Theatre, Belgrade.

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre is the only representative of Romania in this festival which will also present productions from: Russia, Lithuania, Serbia, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Greece and Israel. This is the National Theatre's third participation in the "Slavija" Festival, in 2012 it participated with Zenobia based on Gellu Naum, director Mona Marian and in 2013 with The Other Death of Joan of Arc by Stefan Tsanev, director Nic Ularu, which won the Grand Prize of the Festival.

The 15th edition of the "SLAVIJA" International Theatre Festival will take place from 9 to 16 March 2016 and is an internationally renowned event, recently included in the EFFE family (A pilot project of the European Union to create the European Platform for cultural Festivals, a project initiated by EFA - European Festivals Association).

"The world never stood still. It would be illusory to believe that migrations belong to ancient history and that today the continuous flux of emigration and immigration does not deeply affect the psyche of the contemporary individual. On the contrary, today more than ever, people are forced to other countries by poverty and the hope of a better life. Nowadays, after the harsh experience of totalitarian regimes, to emigrate means to follow your dreams, to gain your freedom, to get even. However, the western dream often turns to suffering, even when the gains seem greater than the losses. How does one pay for leaving his/her homeland? Is freedom still the absolute antonym of slavery? Deeply human, Mrożek's characters are disturbingly honest. Is exile worth it? As long as you risk finding yourself... "


Ștefana Pop-Curșeu