24. 11. 2020


The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will present four performances at the 30th edition of the National Theatre Festival (FNT), held online between November 22-29.

Our guest performances will commence with Andrei Şerban’s staging of Uncle Vanya, which will be broadcast on November 23, at 7 pm, and will stay available until November 25, at 7 at www.fnt.ro, where all the other productions will be streamed as well.

The premiere of the above-mentioned performance – which is still present within our theatre’s repertoire – took place on October 3, 2007, winning the UNITER (Romanian Theatre Association) awards for Best Performance, Best Director and Best Actor (András Hatházi), as well as the Theatre Critics’ Award for the Best Performance of the 2007/2008 season.

“We have to accept that the work is much more mysterious and richer than any of us; that being human is full of contradictions, that the stage does not offer solutions, but leaves everything open...” – stated Andrei Șerban, the director of the performance.

Botond Nagy’s staging of A Doll’s House will become available on Friday, November 27, from 5 pm, until November 29, at 5pm.

“The production seeks to find out what spiritual and mental state does a woman need in order to leave an abusive marriage. Nóra is truly beautiful. She's an attractive woman who takes care of herself. She is stylish, has a cool hairstyle, is fit, and it’s obvious that her appearance is important to her. The perfect object of desire for those like Courier John. Beautiful and empty.” - writes Bea Kovács about the performance.

Also on Friday, November 27, at 7 pm, Gábor Tompa’s 2008 direction of Three Sisters, will be available until November 29, at 7 pm. The performance won UNITER’s (the Romanian Theatre Association) Best Performance of 2008, as well as the Best Director (Gábor Tompa) awards.

“Three Sisters is important for me as a play about redemption. In fact, it is the sacred level of the drama that interests me. The three sisters are actually three projections of the same woman: the child, the woman and the mother who have to stay together in order to survive. The Father’s ghost floats around them; they cannot escape from him and they don’t want to. The Son also appears as the sisters, at the beginning of the play, experience the arrival of Vershinin in an almost messianic way. In him they see the saviour, the embodiment of Moscow. Finally, the Holy Spirit is also present, identifiable in the consolation arising from the ‘solemnity of weeping,’ the suffering which the characters have to embrace, each in their different ways. I am also attracted by the musicality of Three Sisters, which connects it to the absurd plays which I like so much. This musicality, like any other symphonically structured work, demands a high precision and an accuracy of tone, colour, atmosphere, shading and an intense spiritual identification.”- said Gábor Tompa, the director of the production.

The fourth guest performance of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will be none other than Mark Ravenhill’s theatrical-film performance POOL (no water), the first production of the Hungarian theatre that was created online during the quarantine.

The online performance is a joint project by Radu Nica, Andu Dumitrescu, Vlaicu Golcea, which can be viewed on Sunday, November 29, from 5:30 pm.

The text is a cynical satire on the art world and its (moral) mediocrity. Nonetheless, it is also a play about contemporary society, in which even the rights to one's own body image are negotiable.

The performances are available free of charge at www.fnt.ro.