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director: Ionuț Caras
video design: Lucian Matei

Hamlet: Cosmin Stănilă
Gertrude: Irina Wintze
Polonius: Cristian Grindean
Master of Ceremonies: Ionuț Caras
Prosecuror: Roxana Mândruțiu
Counsel for the Defence: Gabriela Groza

They All Want to Play Hamlet - it is the title of a poem by Carl Sandburg. It may well be so, who knows! We certainly all know about Hamlet. We all have this picture in our minds of a young man clad in black holding a skull in his hand and wondering in a melancholic tone: "To be, or not to be, that is the question". And that's that! We believe we know everything there is to know about the play, we feel we are well acquainted with the story of the young prince in Denmark. And yet... What are his reasons? Why does he want to take revenge? Why does he hesitate so much?


We do not aim to resolve the dilemma our hero is facing. That would be too time-consuming and, besides, chances are slight that we actually succeed. We only want to examine more closely a particular episode, namely the killing of Polonius. Is Hamlet guilty of murder? Is his behavior justified? Should he be condemned or exonerated? We will examine the matter from a legal perspective, with the assistance of two professionals in the field: Roxana Mândruțiu, who plays the part of the prosecutor, and Gabriela Groza, Hamlet's defense lawyer. You, the audience, will pass the verdict.



Trials on Stage is a completely innovative project in the Romanian theatrical landscape. I have no knowledge of anything similar in Romania. I believe that our endeavor will empower you as well. You will have to make a decision after watching the episode and hearing the pleadings. You will have to vote and decide the fate of a dramatic character. Looks easy enough? I wouldn't be so sure about that.

Ionuț Caras




Roxana Mândruțiu is a graduate of the Faculty of Law from the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, and works as a lawyer in the Cluj Bar, in association with Revnic, Cristian and Associates. Roxana is a litigator specialized in bankruptcy, medical malpractice, business law, administrative litigation.

She also worked as an external reviewer for Open Society Foundations - The Practitioner's Guide: The Human Rights in Patient's Care.



Gabriela Groza is a lawyer in the Cluj Bar and works as a psychotherapist within the College of Romanian Psychologists. As a graduate in both law and psychology, she specialized in criminal psychology, in matters of guilt and punishment. After extensive research in penitentiaries and the public area, she obtained her Phd in judicial psychology. She currently teaches at the Department of Psychology and the Department of Security Studies, from the Babeș-Bolyai University.



Lucian Matei has specialized in multimedia concepts, design and video projections, 3D mapping, interactive installations, animated features and experimental film, within tens of theatre plays and many other cultural-artistic events.

He worked with theatre directors Mihai Măniuțiu, Alexander Hausvater, Ada Lupu, Marcelino Martin Valiente.

Lucian Matei has developed an independent project of unconventional content and video projections, Noiseloop, and is taking part under this name at various underground cultural-artistic events.

Ticket prices:

60 lei, 50 lei, 40 lei, 30 lei, 20 lei, 10 lei (depending on the seat location);

10 lei (discounts for pupils and students);
20 lei, 15 lei (discounts for pensioners).


Opening date: Tuesday, June 11 2019

Main stage