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THE SCARLET PRINCESS, inspired by Tsuruya Nanboku IV

28 October| 18:00 – Fabrica de Cultură, Sibiu

The legend of Princess Sakura has gone through a series of changes over the years, starting with the original version dating back to 1817, until the most well-known version, the one performed by the National Theatre in Tokyo in 1967.



Ofelia Popii, Iustinian Turcu, Dana Taloș, Adrian Matioc, Diana Văcaru Lazăr, Cristian Stanca, Diana Fufezan, Raluca Iani, Mariana Mihu, Adrian Neacșu, Pali Vecsei, Vlad Robaș, Veronica Popescu, Cristina Stoleriu, Alexandru Malaicu, Codruța Vasiu, Serenela Mureșan, Johanna Adam, Cristina Ragos, Cendana Trifan, Oana Marin, Veronica Arizancu, Arina Ioana Trif, Fabiola Petri, Gabriela Pîrlițeanu, Ioana Cosma, Cristina Blaga, Ștefania Marola, Eduard Pătrașcu, Mihai Coman, Viorel Rață, Liviu Vlad, Cătălin Neghină, Ștefan Tunsoiu, Andrei Gîlcescu, Alin Turcu

Script by Silviu Purcărete, inspired by Sakura Hime Azuma Bunshô, byTsuruya Nanboku IV

Translated from English : Eugen Gyemant

Directed by: Silviu Purcărete

Director Assistants : Eugen Gyemant, Sanda Anastasof

Set Design: Dragoș Buhagiar

Assistant Set Designer : Iuliana Gherghescu

Sets and Costumes: Dragoș Buhagiar

Original Score : Vasile Șirli

Face Design: Minela Popa

Length: 2 h 40 min (with intermission)

“Radu Stanca” National Theatre, Sibiu

The performance contains strobe light effects which may trigger seizures to people suffering from photosensitive epilepsy

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In the last 25 years of his life, Tsuruya Namboku IV wrote more than 100 plays, and the story of Princess Sakura is one of the most important.The author was famous for bringing popular 17th century kabuki plays back to the public’s attention, as well as for innovating the kabuki tradition. Princess Sakura is the heroine of numerous kabuki and bunraku plays, but Namboku is the first to bring her to the limelight.

The story begins when Seigen, the abbot of a temple, falls in love with his young disciple, Shiragiku. Condemned to a life of impossible love, the abbot and his disciple decide to commit suicide. The young man dies, but the abbot survives. Seventeen years later, when Princess Sakura comes to the temple to become a nun, Seigen recognizes her as the feminine reincarnation of Shiragiku and falls in love again.
The Scarlet Princess abounds in tales about obsessive love, murders, reincarnations and revenge. The performance takes on these themes and, with humour and self-irony, creates an effervescent commentary of the dialogue between European and Japanese culture.
The Scarlet Princess includes plenty of stories of obsessive love, murders, reincarnation and revenge. The performance approaches these themes with humour and self-irony in order to build a bubbly commentary on the dialogue between the European and the Japanese culture.

The performance will take place in Sibiu. Tickets can be bought online (click Buy Tickets above) or from the Theatre Agency.