One of the main points of attraction in this edition of the NTF is undoubtedly the four shows directed by [b]Andrei Şerban[/b], three Romanian and one “imported”, presented under the headline FOCUS. A famous name in the world of theater, distinguished with many theatrical awards both in Romania and abroad, a Professor and Artistic Director of Hammerstein Center for Theater Studies at Columbia University in New York, Andrei Şerban will soon offer theater lovers his Chekhovisions. The art of unveiling man’s inner world down to the minutest emotional nuances, an art that Chekhov mastered so well, is to Andrei Şerban both a model and an inexhaustible source of inspiration: [i]The Cherry Orchard[/i], [i]The Seagull[/i], [i]Three Sisters[/i], [i]Ivanov[/i], and [i]Uncle Vanya[/i] became landmarks in his career. The performance of [i]Three Sisters[/i], Andrei Şerban’s debut on Hungarian stages, characterized by Robert Alföldi, the director of the Budapest National Theater and interpreter of the role of Vershinin, as “majestic”, opens the festival on Friday, 28 October, and will also be presented on Saturday, 29 October. Andrei Şerban’s next Chekhovian vision, which can be shared by theatergoers on Sunday, 30 October and Monday, 31 October, is [i]Uncle Vanya[/i], a production of the Hungarian State Theater in Cluj, awarded the Romanian Theaters’ Union UNITER) Best Show, Best Direction, and Best Actor in a Leading Role (András Hatházi) awards in 2007, as well as the Theater Critics’ Award in Hungary, where it went on a triumphal tour, awarded to the Best Show of the 2007-2008 Season. According to Andrei Şerban, one must free oneself from all clichés of interpretation when watching this show. The next show, scheduled on Tuesday, 1 November and Wednesday, 2 November, is also a production of the Hungarian State Theater in Cluj: [i]Cries and Whispers[/i], a stage adaptation of the script of Ingmar Bergman’s famous eponymous film, seen by Andrei Şerban himself as “perhaps the most Chekhovian of my shows”. His production was awarded the Best Show, Best Direction and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Zsolt Bogdán) UNITER awards in 2010. Finally, the closing show of the 2011 edition of the National Theater Festival and Andrei Şerban’s most recent Chekhovian vision (Bulandra Theater, December 2010), scheduled on Saturday, 5 November and Sunday, 6 November, is [i]Ivanov[/i], an extreme interpretation of a less known play by the Russian playwright, supported by a great cast that, besides Vlad Ivanov (in the leading role!) includes Victor Rebengiuc, Mirela Oprişor, Cornel Scripcaru, Marius Manole, Manuela Ciucur, Dana Dogaru. A recent study revealed that, in the 21st century, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov remains among the world’s top 20 most read writers. Thus Olga, Masha, Irina, Vanya and Ivanov, besides their unmistakable Chekhovian mark, will appear before the audience, on the NTF stage and in [b]Andrei Şerban[/b]’s vision, as thought-provoking symbols of the present-day.
Organizat de UNITER, Ministerul Culturii, Primăria municipiului Bucureşti şi ARCUB, Festivalul Naţional de Teatru va avea loc în perioada 24 octombrie – 2 noiembrie 2014.