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Silviu Purcărete

Honorary member of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater (2004)

Born in Bucharest, on April 5, 1950. He studied directing at the Bucharest Institute of Theater and Cinematography Art, in 1974. His reputation is linked to the international successes of the National Craiovean all around the world. The shows directed in Craiova received numerous awards and were praised by critics, both in the country and abroad, becoming famous for their visual component and the supple treatment of dramatic texts.

At the end of the 80s, Silviu Purcărete became a collaborator and then a member of the National Theater in Craiova, where he staged shows of a flamboyant artistic sophistication: "The dwarf from the summer garden", "Ubu Rex with scenes from Macbeth", " Titus Andronicus', 'Phaedra', 'The Danaids', 'The Orestia', 'Twelfth Night', 'Measure for Measure', 'A Tempest'. Most of them have been presented at numerous theater festivals around the world – Edinburgh, Avignon, Tokyo, Melbourne, Glasgow, Montreal, Vienna, Tel Aviv, etc. His plays have toured the UK: The Decameron, Phaedra and the Danaids (Glasgow), The Orestia (Barbican Center London), Ubu Rex with Scenes from Macbeth (Edinburgh International Festival, O storm" (Nottingham Playhouse), but also in the USA.

In 1996 he became director of the Center Dramatique National in Limoges where he staged "The Oresteia", "Three Sisters" and "Dom Juan".

Since 2003, Silviu Purcărete is a personal member of the Union of Theaters in Europe. Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bucharest (2019).

Awards (selective): Critics Award and Hamada Foundation Award for Artistic Excellence (Edinburgh International Festival, 1991), Best Foreign Performance Award at the Montreal Festival of the Americas (1993), Golden Globe Peter Brook Prize for Most best theater direction, 1995), Critics' Award at the Dublin Theater Festival (1996), Special Jury Prize at the International Shakespeare Festival, Gdansk (2006), Golden Wreath Award at the MESS Sarajevo Festival (2006). He has received numerous FNT awards for performances and direction. Order of the Star of Romania in the rank of Commander (2000).


"Although Silviu Purcărete's show Ubu Rex with scenes from Macbeth that the Craiova National Theater in Romania brought to the Empire Theater in Edinburgh cannot predict current events, it forges strong links between Jarry, Shakespeare and the brutal rapacity of the Ceauşescu regime. This show says a lot about the maturity of the Romanian theater, which can overcome the recent evil. Purcărete's mastery is to have linked three different worlds, suggesting that moral ugliness and a rising selfishness form the square root of tyranny. This is how a magnificent and daring evening became, in the light of the current news about the coup in Moscow, a prophecy that gives you chills".

                                                      Michael Billington, The Guardian, 20 August 1991

"Showing off a strong cast, Purcărete balances the unconventional with the painful. He continues to defy convention, thus creating a fascinating path and making his Titus, alongside Ubu Rex and Phaedra, yet another well-defined milestone in an extraordinary career. There are moments when you sit and wonder if this company isn't the best made since Brecht's Berliner Ensamble, or perhaps Peter Brook's Royal Shakespeare Company."

                                    Phil Gibby, The Stage, 29 May 1997

"For domestic chauvinists and xenophobes who believed in the image of British theater as the best in the world, the amazing version of the Aeschylian trilogy Orestia, made by Silviu Purcărete with the National Theater in Craiova - Romania, should shake them, come as a coup. This Romanian version of the Oresteia makes the classical Greek drama vibrate with fear, today."

                                                 Nicolas de Jongh, Evening Standard, 13 October 1998