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

Through the EDUCATION TOGETHER Program, the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater puts into practice one of the objectives assumed by its own statute, namely: it realizes, in partnership with pre-university education institutions, educational programs through and for theater, training workshops, acting courses for young people, as well as children's shows and organizes, alone or in partnership or hosts documentary, plastic and visual art exhibitions, musical events.

Starting from this premise, in the period 2022-2026, the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater is launching the cultural-educational project  WE EDUCATE TOGETHER, a project that aims to ensure the process of cultural and historical education among students in Craiova and the Oltenia region, as well as in the cities of the project partners.

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 from Sinaia and with National Museum of Transylvanian History from Cluj Napoca, followed by those concluded with local institutional partners such as Craiova University via Faculty of Social Sciences –  Department of History and Facultatea de Litere – Departamentul de Artă și MediaDolj County Council via General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection 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.

Visits by groups of pupils are carried out on the basis of appointment requests to the Dolj County School Inspectorate. 

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.

Exhibition CAROL I. Founder of Modern Romania

Between May and December 2023, in the foyer of the Amza Pellea Hall of the Craiova National, the public can admire a collection of objects that belonged to King Charles I, such as crockery, coins, medals, small items of furniture or decorations, weapons, books and publications. Made at the end of the 19th century, objects cast in bronze, silver or made of steel, leather, wood or other materials are made available, for the first time in the Oltenia region, by Peles National Museum in Sinaia.

The Maria of Romania exhibition. Queen and artist

In the period 18 November 2022 – 31 March 2023, the exhibition Maria of Romania. Queen and artist, including objects that belonged to Queen Maria and informative materials regarding the life and work of Her Majesty, can be visited in the foyer of the Amza Pellea hall.

* 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 exhibitionMaria of Romania. Queen and artist –Peleș Sinaia National Museum


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.

The visits of groups of children within the EDUCĂM IMPREUNĂ program will also include participation in the drawing, painting, theater workshops in the specially arranged space 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 - Assistant Professor, Department of Arts and Media - University of Craiova, PhD in 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 theater personalities.

Visits by groups of pupils are carried out on the basis of appointment requests to the Dolj County School Inspectorate. 

The county council of teachers in Dolje school education

26 septembrie 2023

The festivity hall of the Ștefan Odobleja College hosted on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 the county meeting of teachers from the Doljean school education.

The discussion topics of the meeting concerned aspects related to the identification of priorities for the 2023-2024 school year, the portfolio of primary education teachers and legal aspects of the educational process set out in the specialized legislation.

Invited to this event, together with prof. dr. univ. habil. Claudiu Bunăiașu, Director of the Department of Education and Communication Sciences (University of Craiova) and Irina Gruia, psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer and project manager "Step by step grow worthy", Mrs. Elena Rusu, director deputy general of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater from Craiova presented the cultural-educational project EDUCĂM ÎMPREUNĂ to the audience and reiterated the interest and concern of the Theater management for the development of projects that contribute to the development of creative and communication skills of children and young people in the Oltenia region.

The election at the Reunion of National Theaters in Chisinau

24 septembrie 2023

The show "Alegere" was performed on September 24, 2023 in the Reunion of National Theatres event reached the 8th edition of this prestigious festival.

The show directed by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Păun is based on the one-act play written, in exile, by Their Majesties King Michael I and Queen Anne in 1960 in Versoix.

The Studio Hall of the "Mihai Eminescu" National Theater proved insufficient for the public willing to attend this historical cultural endeavor.

At the Theater in the Night of the Museums

13 mai 2023

The "Marin Sorescu" National Theater will participate, for the first time, in the prestigious cultural event entitled European Night of Museums.
Thus, on Saturday, May 13, 2023, between 19:00 and 02:00, the public is invited to visit the exhibitions in the foyer of the Amza Pellea Hall:
– The jubilee of an edifice – 50 years since the inauguration of the TNC building: photos with images from the time of construction and from the inauguration of the building of the National Theater in Craiova
– SHAKESPEARE, HIS ERA AND POSTERITY – Documentary exhibition of posters, prints and engravings
– King Carol I. Founder of Modern Romania: collection of objects that belonged to King Carol I, made available by the Peleș National Museum in Sinaia, as part of the EDUCĂM ÎMPREUNĂ project.
Public access It's free

The souvenir shop is also open during the same time slot.

Held annually, on the Saturday closest to May 18 - International Museum Day, the Night of Museums cultural event is sponsored by the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the International Council of Museums. In Romania, year after year, it joins museum institutions and institutions in the field of performing arts, visual arts, cultural heritage as well as institutions in other fields.

The show ALEGEREA at the National History Museum of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca

20 February 2023

The Marin Sorescu National Theatre in Craiova will present the performance of CHOICE, based on the one-act play written in 1960 in Versoix by Their Majesties King Michael I and Queen Anne.  The event will take place on Monday 20 February 2023 at the National Museum of Transylvanian History Cluj-Napoca and includes two performances at 18:00 and 20:00 respectively. 

The show is directed by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Păun, the scenography is signed by Lia Dogaru, the live music is composed and performed live by AG Weinberger, Florin Constantinescu signs the video design and the cast of the show is made up of the actors of the National Craiove: Claudiu Mihail, Marian Politic , Gabriel Marciu, Raluca Păun and the child Vladimir Politic.

In the volume A war, an exile, a life, Her Majesty Queen Ana testified:

That evening we began to write our lives: his life under communism, mine in the middle of a frivolous world. And then, together, we discovered a common character, the friend, who came with a third world, with a third voice. That of cleanliness, of purity. We continued to write and the lines came, they lined up naturally on the paper. The whole story was, therefore, written together; we intertwined our thoughts, ideas, fantasy. As I had done up until then in real life, as I have done ever since.

We were talking, writing, showing each other what we had written ourselves... It's curious, we were both writing without being able to stop. We were inspired! I called the pieceChoice. I wrote it first in English, then in French and, years later, in Romanian. Only we couldn't find an end to it. And that's because we didn't know what answer to give to this world, how to contribute ourselves to the healing of the wounds that had touched us. The ending came from the soul and mind of both, sitting and reflecting together. The solution was [...] love. This is what we decided to do with the characters and our story in the play: to direct them towards love.

The Choice that the show's creative team makes is as simple as it is profound. Each of us, in different forms, reflects on the condition, role and place we have in our existence. Some express these thoughts, while others keep them locked away in the chest of their minds. From this idea, the director uses technological means to give the viewer the feeling that this meditation is in his own mind. In a simple setting with discreet touches of video design, the actors deliver the lines accompanied by the omnipresent music, which functions as a consciousness of the performance.

The play is loaded with meanings and raises issues of a philosophical nature, in a world caught in the struggle between two opposing ideologies. Here the inner struggle of the man caught between his weaknesses and his virtues is distinguished. Good in opposition to Evil. Darkness with Light. And alegerea, salvarea noastră, nu poate fi decât Iubirea.

THE CHOICE:an invitation to reflection, a moving play about man and his place in the universe, about the spirit, passions and temptations of the human being.

Show details:

Romeo and Juliet of Cluj, a love that became history

1 Februarie 2023 – 15 Martie 2023

From 1 February to 15 March 2023, the audience of the National Theatre of Craiova is invited to meet the famous Shakespearean characters in the exhibition Romeo and Juliet in Cluj, in the foyer of Amza Pellea Hall.

In 2013, during the restoration-rehabilitation works of the Franciscan Monastery in Museum Square, the archaeologists of the National Museum of Transylvanian History in Cluj-Napoca brought to light a tomb, where those found there were still holding hands.

The novelty of the discovery attracted the attention of specialists and the press and was also reported by the prestigious British publication The Daily Mail and the exhibition was named after characters whose love inspired writers and artists Romeo and Juliet.

The public attending the performances and events organized or hosted by the National Theatre "Marin Sorescu" from 1 February to 15 March 2023 is invited to visit the exhibition with pictures and information panels provided by the National Museum of Transylvanian History in Cluj- Napoca.

The project is part of the EDUCATE TOGETHER programme.

Institutional partners: Peleș Sinaia National Museum, Museum of History of Transylvania Cluj-Napoca, Dolj County School Inspectorate, General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Dolj, University of Craiova (Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Letters)

Sponsors and Private Partners: Mr. Dan Simionescu, HISTORIC Auction House, Dr. Leahu Dental Clinic, Craiova, Casa Noastra, Leonidas, IRIS Craiova Florist.

Media partner: Radio Romania Oltenia Craiova, Community of Artists Ilustromania.

The CHOICE show at PELEȘ Castle

1 December 2022

By popular demand, the performance Alegerea directed by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Paun, bazat pe textul scris, în 1960, de Majestățile lor, Regele Mihai I și regina Ana se va juca și mâîne 1 Decembrie 2022 de la ora 17:00 în Sala MAURĂ a Castelului Peleș din Sinaia.

The CHOICE show at PELEȘ Castle

30 November 2022

The performance CHOICE directed by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Paun will be played on November 30, 2022 in the Moorish Hall of the Peleș Castle in Sinaia starting at 5:00 p.m. The scenography of the show is made by Lia Dogaru, the music and live performance are by AG Weinberger and the video concept belongs to Florin Constantinescu.

The play on which the show is based was written in 1960 in Versoix (Switzerland) by Their Majesties King Michael I and Queen Anne.

The cast includes the following actors Claudiu MihailMarian PoliticRaluca PaunGabriel Marciu și copilul Vladimir Politic.

Show details here:

Admission is free to the public, subject to availability, by reservation. Details here:

The performance CHOICE is part of the cultural-educational programme EDUCĂM ÎMPREUNĂ run by the Marin Sorescu National Theatre in Craiova, Muzeul National Peles and Muzeul Naţional de Istorie a Transilvaniei Cluj Napoca for the period 2022-2026.

Programme details here:

History books, Glasses accessories, Miniatures of historical figures, Bookmarks, Music boxes, Educational material objects, Stationery, Decorative objects and many other personalized products with historical and artistic references can be purchased from

Gifts shop

Located on the ground floor of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater building, in the former hall Ia te uită, the store is open daily, according to the following schedule:

Monday, Tuesday 9.00-17.00

Wednesday - Friday 9.00-21.00

Saturday-Sunday 12.00 - 20.00

Payment can be made in cash or by bank card

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 EDUCATION TOGETHER program, the Dr. Leahu Craiova Dental Clinic specialists 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.

The night of the museums

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 spaces, indoor and outdoor, and was watched by more than 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 prin posibilitatea vizionării spectacolelor de către manageri de instituții, producători de teatru/film, selecționeri de festivaluri in vederea unor colaborării sau angajării acestora.


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 was broadcast livestreaming from the Studio Hall of the theater one episode at a time of this project, with each episode basically representing one of the stories from 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 National stage, 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 KING after Sophocles, directed by Declan Donnellan, stage design 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 created on the occasion of the Year of Molière - 400 years since his birth.

The launch of the program EDUCĂM IMPREUNĂ brings to the stage of the I.D.Sirbu hall the latest premiere of the season current events: the show ALEGEREA based on a text written by their Majesties King Mihai I and the 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

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 debutand consecrated literary works - CRAIOVENI POETS ASSEMBLY and CRAIOVENI DRAMATURGILOR CLUB 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 – 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 received the green light to 'revolutionised' the way theater and performing arts are produced and performed across 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