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Short history


"Marin Sorescu" National Theater in Craiova is a cultural institution financed by the Ministry of Culture and awarded, over time, all over the world. A member of the European Theater Convention (CTE) since 1995, the National Theater in Craiova is the first theater from a Central and Eastern European country to be part of this international trade association. 1988 is the year in which Emil Boroghină comes as director of T.N. Craiova and, as he himself says, together with Silviu Purcărete he wrote one of the most beautiful and incredible pages in the history of the Craiova National Theater and Romanian theatre. The big shows of 1988 and 1989 were called "Furniture and pain" directed by Cristian Hadjiculea, "Uncle Vanea" by Mircea Cornișteanu, "Dwarf from the summer garden" directed by Silviu Purcărete, "The Arck of Good Hope", directed by Aureliu Manea. The period 1990-2000 positioned the Craiova National Theater in the foreground of the Romanian theatrical movement and then of the European and even world one. Silviu Purcărete's exceptional performances, "Ubu Rex with Scenes from Macbeth", "Titus Andronicus", with the great actor Ștefan Iordache in the leading role, and "Phaedra", "Danaids", "Oresteia", "As you wish or The night from breaking the fair", "Measure for measure", "The tempest ", bearing the signature of the same great director, meant as many international recognitions, participations in the most important festivals of the world: Edinburgh, Avignon, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Theater Der Welt (Munich), Tokyo Shakespeare Festival, The Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Festival of the Americas (Montreal), Melbourne Arts Festival, Performing Arts Festival (Sao Paulo), Stockholm European Theater Convention Festival , Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Theater of Nations Festival (Seoul), etc.

In the last 70 years, great actors and artists of the stage have been distinguished such as Remus Comăneanu, artist of the people, Margot Boteanu-Păcuraru, artist emeritus, Aurelia Teodorescu, artist emeritus, Ovidiu Rocoș, artist emeritus, Manu Nedeianu, artist emeritus; Madeleine Nedeianu, Silvia Popovici, Gheorghe Cozorici, Constantin Rauțchi (members of the Gold Promotion led by Vlad Mugur), Vasile Cosma, Ion Pavlescu, Ștefan Iordache, Ilie Gheorghe, Valer Dellakeza, Leni Pințea-Homeag, Sorin Leoveanu.

An important moment in the recent history of our theater is the founding of the International Shakespeare Festival in 1994 (director-founder, Emil Boroghină). The first five editions were held every three years, and since 2006, the event has been held every two years. A complex cultural event, the International Shakespeare Festival is now regarded as one of the great Shakespeare Festivals of the world, the place where exceptional performances staged by Declan Donellan, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Peter Brook, Silviu Purcărete, Robert Wilson, Lev Dodin, Eugenio Barba, Pippo Delbono , Yoshihiro Kurita, Oskaras Korsunovas, Thomas Ostermeier, Yuri Butusov, Max Webster, Yukio Ninagawa, Robert Lepage, Romeo Castellucci, Krzysztof Warlikowski have been played.

With the year 2000, under the direction of Mircea Cornişteanu, important projects were launched at the national and international level: "Values of the Romanian theater, values of the European theater", a cultural event attended by guests from over 30 European countries; the project "Young directors, young scenographers", "SpectActor meetings", "Ion D. Sîrbu colloquiums", the performance-reading project "Authors are in the hall", "Poetry Sundays in the theater", editing of the theater magazine - "SpectActor", one of the few specialized magazines in the country (editor-coordinator, Nicolae Coande). The renowned American director, Robert Wilson, mounted for the first time in Romania (2014) on the stage of the Craiova theater - the show "Rhinoceros", adapted from the play of the same name by Eugene Ionèsco, a show very well received at the international theater festivals in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Voronej (Russia). Starting from 2016, during the managerial mandate of Alexandru Boureanu, the theater's cultural agenda was supplemented with innovative cultural programs aimed at identifying and capitalizing on new ways of artistic expression as well as with multidisciplinary events intended attracting new categories of public.

An important event in the European theatrical landscape took place in 2016, when "Marin Sorescu" National Theater organized for the first time in Romania an edition of the Europe Awards for Theatre, a prestigious theatrical event in which the European "Oscars of the theater" are awarded.

The Theater Networking Talents-TNT, 11PLUS1 Independent/Contemporary, TNC Gala, Urban Reaction, Cultural Shuttle, HEKTOMERON, EDUCĂM IMPREUĆA, THEATER BRIDGES projects followed.

Also during this period, projects with non-reimbursable external funding were started/completed, the results of which contribute to the development of new ways of artistic expression, modern educational methods or regional, national or intra-community partnerships, such as: "Career development of young people with hearing impairments in the field of theater arts" (Erasmus+), "European Theater Lab - Drama goes digital", "Culture Testbeds for Interactivity, Performance and Technology - ACUTE" (Creative Europe), Democrisis (Young Europe), "FairDeal - short supply - chain platform for local artisan products in the CBC area" (Interreg V- Romania-Bulgaria), the National Craiove Theater is the first theater in Romania to be awarded the "Cultural Merit" decoration in the rank of Commander, as a sign of special appreciation for the achievements of exception of his collective (2004). In 2020, upon the completion of 170 years of existence, our theater received the "Cultural Merit" decoration in the rank of Grand Officer, category D - Performing Arts, as a sign of appreciation for the important contribution made to the cultural development of our country, for the dedication with which he illustrated himself in cultural life, by promoting a quality artistic education among the young generations, proving excellence at the national and international level.

Also in 2020, the Romania’s Custodian of the Crown, Her Majesty Margareta, in a ceremony held at the Elisabeta Palace, conferred the "Nihil Sine Deo" royal decoration on the National Theater of Craiova.

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