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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 - is the title of a poem by Carl Sandburg. It might be so, who knows! We certainly all know about Hamlet. We think of a young man dressed in black, who holds a skull in his hand and wonders in a melancholy tone: "To be or not to be? That's the question". And that is indeed all! We assume we know the play, we feel familiar with the young Danish prince's story. And yet... What are his reasons? Why does he want to take revenge? Why does he hesitate so much?

We don't try to solve the dilemma faced by our hero. It would take too long and it's not even sure we would succeed. We only want to analyze closely a specific scene, namely Polonius' killing. Is Hamlet guilty of murder? Is he right to react in such a manner? Should he be sentenced or forgiven? We deal with this matter from a judicial point of view, assisted by two professionals in the field: Roxana Mândruțiu plays the part of the prosecutor, while Gabriela Groza, that of Hamlet's defender. You, the public, will deliver the verdict.

Trials at the Theatre is a completely innovative project in Romanian theatre. I don't know of anything similar being made in Romania. I expect our endeavor to make you feel responsible as well. You will have to take a decision after you see the scene and you hear all arguments. You will have to vote and decide the fate of a dramatic character. Does it seem easy? I wouldn't say so.


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

Next performance
Sunday, October 13 2019
Main stage