logo Teatrul National Marin Sorescu
Harta Teatrul National Marin Sorescu


The "Marin Sorescu" National Theater in Craiova is launching the cultural-educational program EDUCĂM ÎMPREUNĂ. The program runs between 2022-2026, is addressed to children from Craiova and the Oltenia Region and aims to ensure the process of cultural and historical education among students.

Through the project WE EDUCATE TOGETHER, Teatrul Național “Marin Sorescu” pune in practică unul dintre obiectivele asumate prin propriul statut și anume : realizează, în parteneriat cu instituții de învățământ preuniversitar, programe de educare prin și pentru teatru, ateliere de formare, cursuri de actorie pentru tineri, precum și spectacole pentru copii și organizează, singur sau în parteneriat ori găzduiește expoziții documentare, de artă plastică și arte vizuale, evenimente muzicale.

Pornind de la această premisă, în perioada 2022-2026, Teatrul Național „Marin Sorescu” lansează proiectul cultural – educațional  WE EDUCATE TOGETHER, un proiect care are drept scop asigurarea procesului de educație culturală și istorică în rândul elevilor din Craiova și regiunea Oltenia, precum și din orașele partenerilor de proiect.

The proposed educational process is intended to be carried out in a friendly, attractive manner that will facilitate the acquisition of basic knowledge in the fields of history and theatre.

The project will run both in Craiova and in the partner cities. The first two partnerships of the project signed by the National Theatre of Craiova are with Muzeul Național Peleș din Sinaia și cu Muzeul Național de Istorie a Transilvaniei din Cluj Napoca, urmate de cele încheiate cu partenerii instituționali locali precum Craiova University prin Facultatea de Științe Sociale –  Departamentul de Istorie and Facultatea de Litere – Departamentul de Artă și Media, Dolj County Council prin Direcția Generală de Asistență Socială și Protecția Copilului Dolj and Dolj County School Inspectorate.

The programme includes multiple projects and activities, carried out in the premises of the theatre and, as it unfolds, its content will develop according to the results obtained and the response received from participants and partners.

The organisers hope that this cultural and educational programme, held under the motto


to create new bridges of interdisciplinary communication and ensure the necessary prerequisites for the harmonious development of children and adolescents in schools and social welfare centres.

Efectuarea vizitelor de către grupurile de elevi se realizează în baza solicitărilor de programare adresate Inspectoratului Școlar Județean Dolj. 

As part of the EDUCATE TOGETHER project, the Peleș Sinaia National Museum will present the following exhibitions in the museum space of the National Theater in Craiova and in the main foyer, in the period 2022-2024:

  • Mary of Romania. Queen and artist.
  • King Carol I. Founder of Modern Romania.
  • Carol II of Romania. A controversial king.
  • Michael I. The last king of Romania.

      The Maria of Romania exhibition. Queen and artist


During the period 18 November 2022 – 31 March 2023, the exhibition Maria of Romania. Queen and Artist, including objects that belonged to Queen Mary and informative materials on the life and work of Her Majesty

* The photos are part of the collection of the Peleș Sinaia National Museum


....Despite the conventional education she received in Coburg, Maria was naturally gifted with the ability to admire beauty, in all its forms. "The beautiful awakened in me an ardent, even pagan love." His whole life is followed by his love for flowers and his residences, which he called "dream houses"...

– extract from the presentation material of the exhibition Maria a României. Regină și artistă –Peles Sinaia National Museum


At the National Theater "Marin Sorescu" Craiova, the exhibition will be able to be visited by groups of students from schools in Dolj county as well as by children from social assistance centers.

The visiting calendar will be established based on the partnership concluded with the Dolj County School Inspectorate.

We thus offer the children of this region the opportunity to have access to exhibitions and information that they would not be able to see otherwise except, perhaps, with special efforts on the part of the parents.

The University of Craiova joined our initiative through the Faculty of Social Sciences - Department of History and the Faculty of Letters - Department of Art and Media, by providing the project with a group of student volunteers, thus ensuring curating the exhibition during the project and assisting groups of children during the scheduled activities.

The HISTORIC auction house from Bucharest, a partner of the Marin Sorescu National Theater in the EDUCĂM ÎMPREUNĂ program, makes available to the program a collection of personal objects of Her Majesty Queen Maria, such as the baptism certificate, photo albums, postcards.

Efectuarea vizitelor de către grupurile de elevi se realizează în baza solicitărilor de programare adresate Inspectoratului Școlar Județean Dolj.

The visits of groups of children within the EDUCĂM IMPREUNĂ program will also include participation in the drawing, painting, theater workshops in the special space set up in the theater foyer,

The meeting with the magic universe of the theater will be facilitated by the theater game sessions.

            "These games demonstrate anyone's ability to become an actor. This workshop is a kind of trailer of our job and how acting can help the student in improving his school work and in acquiring the quality of his studies. Acting is a job full of passion and dedication but not impossible and not practiced only by those born for it. In drama schools, students learn that their talent is only 1% of the job, the rest, they say, is sweat. Acting exercises in the education of children and adults, even if they take them out of their comfort zone, do not inhibit them. It is said that the second fear after the fear of death is that of speaking in public. But the child does not have this fear because he does not have the fear of death either... And then he is the first to enjoy the game and propose in turn and he will easily, easily acquire another personality, the artistic one thanks to which he will change something in his friends , in his teachers because he will most likely ask questions and study differently: more applied, constructive, he will always want to make a team, he will not be chaotic in decisions and actions because he is alone. People small and large who come to understand that health and culture are the foundation of a civilized world will be the first to step into this world. That is why the team of this project wants to become the strategic partner of the child who will be the trainer of tomorrow through this cultural route. During the workshop, we will strive to create a special environment in which the student can obtain as much information as possible about the importance of art in his life and how he can use acting to make the study of any chosen field easier and give him a greater freedom of expression"

Alina Mangra - University Assistant, Department of Arts and Media - University of Craiova, Doctor of Theater Arts (National University of Theater and Cinematography, Bucharest, 2013), actress of the National Theater "Marin Sorescu" Craiova.

The educational process includes watching video materials with important moments in the history of Romania, explained to the children in an attractive way by the students of the Faculty of Social Sciences - History of the University of Craiova.

Theater and history books are available for sale, as well as souvenir items illustrating historical moments and theatrical personalities.

Efectuarea vizitelor de către grupurile de elevi se realizează în baza solicitărilor de programare adresate Inspectoratului Școlar Județean Dolj. 

Institutional partners


Peles Sinaia National Museum


Museum of the History of Transylvania Cluj-Napoca


Dolj County Council


Dolj County School Inspectorate


Craiova University


Historic Auction House


Mr. Dan Simionescu


Dr. Leahu Dental Clinics


Casa Noastră




Florist IRIS Craiova

Media Partners


Radio România Oltenia Craiova

A new partner joins the programs and cultural projects initiated and carried out by the Marin Sorescu National Theatre: Dental Clinic Dr. Leahu.

Have you ever wondered what theater and dentistry have in common?

Why would competence be friends with responsibility, seriousness with empathy, performance with genuine emotion?

Here are some answers:

  • Culture and Education for health go hand in hand, from the first tooth and throughout life, they make us become more masters of ourselves, more determined!
  • With a beautiful and healthy smile, you, the viewer, can be a star, alongside the actors who reveal unique emotional experiences to you!

As part of the EDUCATE TOGETHER program, the specialists of the Dr. Leahu Craiova Dental Clinics support dental education sessions: brushing teeth, dental hygiene, habits and specific skills young and middle age for the groups of children participating in the program.

With a history of over 170 years, the National Theater in Craiova represents an important landmark on the cultural map in Romania and abroad.

Starting from 1991, the exceptional performances of Silviu Purcărete, "Ubu Rex with Scenes from Macbeth", "Titus Andronicus", with the great actor Ștefan Iordache in the main role, and "Phaedra", "Danaidele", "Orestia", "How you want or The night from the breaking of the fair", "Measure for measure", "A storm", bearing the signature of the same great director, meant as many international recognitions, participation in the most important festivals of the world: Edinburgh, Avignon, Holland Festival from Amsterdam, Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, Theater Der Welt in Munich, Shakespeare Festival in Tokyo, Israel Festival in Jerusalem, Theater Festival of the Americas in Montreal, Melbourne Arts Festival, Performing Arts Festival in Sao Paulo , European Theater Convention Festival in Stockholm, Lincoln Center Festival in New York, Theater of Nations Festival in Seoul and many others.

In May 1997, the famous British magazine "The Stage" wrote about the National Theater in Craiova: "You sometimes wonder if this company is not the best composed, since Brecht's Berliner Ensemble, or maybe since Peter's Royal Shakespeare Company Brook!".

In 2016, the Marin Sorescu National Theatre organized for the first time in Romania an edition of the Europe Theatre Awards, a prestigious theatrical event where the European "Oscars of Theatre" are awarded.

The National Theater in Craiova 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 exceptional achievements of its team (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 Custodian of the Romanian Crown, Princess Margareta, in a ceremony held at the Elisabeta Palace, conferred the "Nihil Sine Deo" royal decoration on the Craiova National.


An important moment in the recent history of the National Theater in Craiova 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, where exceptional performances directed by Declan Donellan, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Peter Brook, Silviu Purcărete, Robert Wilson, Lev Dodin, Eugenio Barba, Pipo Delbono, Yoshihiro Kurita, Oskaras Khorsunovas, Thomas Ostermeier, Yuri Butusov, Max Webster, Yukio Ninagawa, Robert Lepage.

Since 2018, the artistic director of the festival is Vlad Drăgulescu, Vice-President of the European Network of Shakespeare Festivals and Artistic Director of the Craiova National.

The 13th edition of the International Shakespeare Festival offered the public a number of 160 events in 20 indoor and outdoor spaces and was watched by over 40,000 spectators, arousing the interest of locals, tourists, and critics and cultural journalists as well as guests, from all over the world, present in Craiova.

Whether it was theater performances, concerts, film screenings or happenings, Shakespeare encompassed the entire city, from the Great Hall of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater, the "Colibri" Children's and Youth Theater, the Oltenia Philharmonic, The Students' House of Culture and up to the Summer Theater in the Nicolae Romanescu Park, the Botanical Garden. The neighborhoods, squares and fairs of Craiova came into contact with Shakespeare's work thanks to the itinerant performances presented in this festival. Book launches, conferences, debates, commemorations and meetings with great international directors organically completed the festival program.


Another event of international scope organized by the National Theater of Craiova is the International Festival of Young Directors, initiated in 2017 under the direction of Alexandru Boureanu, an event which in its first edition brought together theater faculties from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, in the desire to emphasize the future artistic potential of theater schools in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe.

Along with the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater in Craiova and the University of Craiova, the organizers of this festival were the Romanian Theater Union, the National University of Theater and Cinematography "I. L. Caragiale"(U.N.A.T.C.) and the Craiova Student House.

The general objective of the project is to create a meeting and dialogue platform for young creators in the field of performing arts, focusing primarily on theater directors who graduated in the current year, by designing and creating an online multimedia platform.

An important feature of this festival is the major potential of integrare in viața socială a tinerilor absolvenți ai unei instituții de învățământ superior through the possibility of viewing performances by managers of institutions, theater/film producers, festival selectors in order to collaborate or hire them.


The year 2021 has positioned the Craiova National as the initiator of programs that impose new means of communication and artistic expression, so necessary in periods marked by social disasters and situations in which the life and health of mankind are put to the test.

Inspired by the Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio, the HEKTOMERON project started in the middle of the pandemic, in mid-January 2021. For 100 days, on the website www.hektomeron.com one episode of this project was broadcast livestreaming from the Studio Hall of the theater , each episode basically representing one of the stories in the Decameron. Interpreted by all the actors of the theater, directed by 100 directors from 100 countries, the 100 episodes composed the performative installation presented to the public live, from the stage of the National Theater, online and with the audience in the hall, for 25 hours.

Probably the longest theater show in history, viewed in over 160 countries, HEKTOMERON received, in 2022, the UNITER Award for Original Project Value. Project page: HEKTOMERON – 100 days / 100 stories / 100 directors from 100 countries

The 2022-2023 theater season includes productions appreciated by critics, seen by the public from Craiova as well as those from Bucharest, an approach made possible through the project NAVETA CULTURALĂ, a unique initiative in the country, which maintains live contact with the public in the capital and the cities of the Oltenia region.

The headline titles of the season are OEDIPUS THE KING after Sophocles, directed by Declan Donnellan, scenography by Nick Ormerod (Honorary Citizens of the Municipality of Craiova) and dog with man. dog without man, directed by Radu Afrim (the two productions were presented to the public in Bucharest during the National Theater Festival), THE WOMAN OF THE SEA by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Andryi Zholdak, RICHARD III by W. Shakespeare, directed by Laszlo Bocsardi, and last but not least, the first premiere of the 2022-2023 season : AVERUL by Molière, directed by Felix Alexa show event made on the occasion of the Year of Molière - 400 years since his birth.

The launch of the EDUCĂM IMPREUNĂ program brings to the stage of the I.D.Sirbu hall the latest premiere of the current season: the show THE CHOICE  based on a text written by Their Majesties King Mihai I and Queen Ana, in 1960, in Versoix, staged by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Păun.

With the new theatrical season, performances of shows from previous seasons that brought joy to the public resume, some of which premiered in the 2020-2021 period and, thus, due to the restrictions imposed by the legislation applicable to performance institutions, as a result of the COVID pandemic , could not be supported on stage.

The theater's full repertoire and program of events is available here  www.tncms.ro

YOUNG ROMANIAN DIRECTORS and SCENEGRAPHERS, a project that reached its 11th edition wants to support the Romanian school of directing and scenography and to propose new names, concepts and artistic visions in the desire to ensure the continuity, but also the revitalization of the Romanian theatre,

The 11plus1 independent / contemporary program of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater in Craiova aims to supports and encourages the segment of independent theater and contemporary dance productions, becoming an important launching pad for young creators who thus have the opportunity to perform on the stage of a professional cultural institution.

The projects initiated and carried out by the Dramaturgy Service of the Craiova National bring to the attention of the public prominent figures in the area of local and national poetry and dramaturgy, promote and support both literary debut  and consecrated literary works - THE GATHERING OF CRAIOVENI POETS and CLUBUL DRAMATURGILOR CRAIOVENI propose debates on topics of interest to spectators and theater lovers during meetings, at the theater, with outstanding personalities of the artistic, literary, scientific, academic, political, social world - SPECTACTOR MEETINGS

REACțIE URBANĂ is a theater project created especially for the community, a unique opportunity for people from any field of activity , pupils, students, pensioners, to know a theatrical production from a perspective other than that of a spectator.

ACuTE is a new and innovative digital theater project that has received the green light to "revolutionize" the way theater and performing arts are produced and performed throughout Europe. The ACuTE project, which is co-funded by the European Union, brings together 14 leading European theater and research organizations that aim to develop experimental theater productions using pioneering technologies. New technologies include robots, artificial intelligence and "immersive exploratory space", each being tested by different organizations to try new ways of producing performances, telling stories on stage and getting audiences to interact and relate with art.

The cultural-educational program EDUCĂM ÎMPREUNĂ joins the ongoing programs and projects of the National Theater "Marin Sorescu", thus opening the way to the implementation of multidisciplinary projects according to the approved management project for the period 2022-2027, offering children and teenagers from the Oltenia region new information and experiences, contributing, in this way, to ensuring a solid and efficient educational process