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The production DON JUAN by Molière, translation Maria Rotar, opens on September 25th 2016, 07:00 p.m., on the main stage of our theatre. Director: Roberto Bacci, set design: Marcio Medina, dramaturgy: Stefano Geraci, assistant directors Silvia Pasello and Maria Rotar, costume assistant: Ilona Lorincz, co-repetition: Katalin G. Incze, lighting design: Jenel Moldovan. The cast: Matei Rotaru, Cătălin Herlo, Sânziana Tarţa, Irina Wintze, Petre Băcioiu, Cristian Grosu, Miron Maxim, Anca Hanu, Adriana Băilescu, Radu Lărgeanu, Alexandra Tarce, Diana Buluga, Paula Rotar. Musician: Renata Burcă.


In Roberto Bacci's production the action takes place in the Commander's abandoned house, where, surrounded by old, deteriorated furniture, the characters populate the space throughout the representation. A fundamental element Don Juan fiercely fights against is time. Its representation is mineral, it literally "glides away" filling the stage, accompanied by piano music.  


This is Roberto Bacci's third collaboration with the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, following his successes with Hamlet and The Cherry Orchard. He explained to actors that to seduce means "to take someone to a wonderful place, to a new world. Thus, Don Juan takes the woman with him to discover a new beginning. He is a seducer. His reputation as a conqueror is affected". As for Don Juan's "human" side, the essayist Ion Vartic states that "he is not and cannot be human unless all myths are human, unless the myth, an exemplary story, highlights a human experience". An experience that we invite you to share with the creators of the production. 

Avanpremiere of SELFIE by Andreea Iacob

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre announces the avanpremiere of SELFIE written and directed by Andreea Iacob, video projections: mate, which will take place in the “Euphorion“ Studio, Friday, September 23, at 6 pm. The production is made in partnership with the Gherla Maximum Security Penitentiary, Cluj-Napoca exterior section.

The production, made in partnership with the Gherla Maximum Security Penitentiary, Cluj-Napoca exterior section, has a cast comprised exclusively of women inmates. The script is an original one, based on real stories from the lives of the women in the cast, who not only act in the production, but they also share with us fragments, images and emotions from their families’ history. As a result, the production will gather, in a puzzle-like fashion, threads from the lives of the grandparents and children of these women, mirror-stories from their past and their future, capable to reflect their own lives.  


Selfie is part of a series of theatre productions created, as of 2009, within the Gherla Penitentiary, with the purpose of diversifying the activities dedicated to the inmates from the penitentiary system and of creating a connection between these persons and the “outside” world. Each time, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre was a partner in this project and these productions were performed once at the “Euphorion” Studio. 


The novelty this year is represented by the fact that this is now a production f the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre. As a result, the production will be included in our repertoire and will presented several times. In this context, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre is the first Romanian professional institution to embark in such a community project. 

Ionel Banu



1 March 1926 - 6 September 2016


After a long and hard suffering, which he endured with great dignity and a certain serenity, the nanogenarian actor Ionel Banu has left this world.  


A graduate of the Royal Dramatic Art Academy, Acting department, Ionel Banu was a student of the great actor Ştefan Braborescu - artist of the people. Ionel Banu devotedly served the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre for four decades, 1946-1986, giving life to tens of classical or contemporary characters, under the guidance of the so-called "house" directors: Victor Tudor Popa and Rodica Radu, but also "great" directors: from Marietta Sadova, Ion Olteanu, to Val and Vlad Mugur, Aureliu Manea, Alexa Visarion, Alexandru Dabija, Mihai Măniuţiu.


We find his name on the posters from Othello, The Taming of the Shrew and As you like it by William Shakespeare, Ondine by Jean Giraudoux, La dame de chez Maxim by G. Feydeau, Tartuffe and The Miser by Molière, Despot-Vodă and Sunset by B. Şt. Delavrancea, The Duck Head by G. Ciprian, Quarrel of Gods by Radu Stanca and many others.



Without any ostentation or vanity, with a carelessness that made it all seem effortless, he constructed his characters of suggestive effects which helped them to remain ingrained in the spectators' minds long after the curtain came down. He was equally devoted to his roles in productions for children: Dănilă Prepeleac in Dănilă Prepeleac based on Ion Creangă or The Adviser in The Magic Whistle by Sorin Lepa, a character that young spectators loved. We remember him fondly as Pârcălabul Grumază in Sunset, as Justine in Madame Bovary based on Flaubert, as Aliosha in Night Lodging by Gorki, as Philip in You Never Can Tell by G.B. Shaw, Trufaldino in Servant of Two Masters by Goldoni, Cleante in The Miser by Molière and the unforgetable Rică Venturiano in A Stormy Night by I.L. Caragiale.

Productions of the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre will be on tour to New York, Chișinău and Oradea from 8 September - 1 October 2016.

On Thursday, 8 September, the production Every Tzara has his DaDa (The Ghost of Elsinore) by Ion Pop, Ștefana and Ioan Pop-Curșeu, will be presented in New York at "The Riverside Church Theatre", within the project "A century of Dadaism - literature, theatre and visual arts in New York".  Entrance is free.  Following the performance, on September 9, at the Harriman Instititue there will be a discussion with the cast. The event marks the DaDa Centenary. This tour is organized in partnership with Columbia University and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, the Faculty of Theatre and Television from the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj and Persona Association. 

From 12 to 14 September, the production Call it art!, concept by Alexa Băcanu and Leta Popescu, director: Leta Popescu, will participate at the second edition of the National Theatre Reunion in Chișinău. The performance will take place on Tuesday, September 13, at 05:00 p.m., in the Studio Hall of the "Mihai Eminescu" National Theatre from Chișinău. The aim of this festival is to consolidate the cultural identity liaisons between the artists and audiences of the two Romanian countries.   

The production Agamemnon by Rodrigo García, director Andrei Măjeri, has been selected and will be presented in Oradea within the International Short Theatre Festival, in Competition, on Sunday, October 1st, at 05:00 p.m., at the Arcadia Hall.   

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!