The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj is organizing its traditional winter mini-season between December 3 and 12. During the eleven days of the event, the theatre will present its latest productions and performances from the pandemic period, as well as gallery openings and book launches.
Showcase 2021 will begin with the opening ceremony of the György Harag Memorial Exhibition, which will take place on Friday, December 3, at 6pm, in the Upstairs Foyer of the theatre. The itinerant exhibition of the Hungarian Academy of Arts will present the life's work of the epoch-making theatre director György Harag, with photographs of his theatre productions, archival material and correspondence with friends.
The opening performance of Showcase 2021 will be the premiere of Hamlet, directed by Gábor Tompa, which will take place in the theatre's Main Hall on December 3, at 7pm. In addition to the premiere, William Shakespeare's tragedy will be performed twice more within Showcase 2021: on Saturday, December 4, and Friday, December 10, also at 7pm.
On Sunday, December 5, at 5 pm, the documentary-play Porno - The Story of My Wife, directed by Árpád Árkosi, will be performed in the theatre's Studio Hall, followed by Eugène Ionesco's absurdist drama Macbett, directed by Silviu Purcărete, on Saturday, 11 December, at 7 pm, in the theatre's Main Hall.
On Monday, December 6 and Sunday, December 12 at 6pm, A. P. Chekhov's classic The Cherry Orchard, directed by Yuri Kordonsky, will be presented in the theatre's Main Hall.
The musical created by Ervin Erős - Dávid Klemm - Róbert Lénárd, based on the Animal Farm short novel by George Orwell, will take place on Tuesday, December 7, at 8 pm in the theatre's Main Hall. The premiere of the production directed by Zoltán Puskás occurred in May 2021.
Attila Vidnyánszky's direction of Romeo and Juliet will be performed on Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9 at 7 pm in the studio space built on the main stage.
The event series will also include book launches in the theatre’s Upstairs Foyer. Nona Rapotan's book 33 Performances - 33 Pages from the Recent History of the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj (Lebăda Neagră Publishing House, 2021) analyses the performances of the last 30 years of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, and will be presented on Saturday, December 4, at 12 noon. On Sunday, December 5, from 5 pm, the latest publications of the Camil Petrescu Foundation will be on display. The book launch will include Florica Ichim's trilogy Conversation with Vlad Mugur, the book Contemporary Spanish Theatre 2010-2020, selected and translated by Ioana Anghel, and the latest, December issue of the theatrical magazine Teatrul Azi.
The theatre is also running a ticket promotion during the mini-season: audience members who buy tickets for The Cherry Orchard, Macbett and Animal Farm will receive one ticket free of charge; those who buy tickets for The Cherry Orchard and Macbett, scheduled for the period of December 5-12, will receive a discount on the second ticket. This offer is only valid for tickets purchased at the theatre's ticket office.
The Showcase 2021 mini-season is supported by the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and City Council, the Government of Hungary and the Bethlen Gábor Fund, and is co-organized by the Corvineum Foundation.
Tickets for the performances can be purchased at the theatre’s ticket office (weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm) and online at www.biletmaster.ro.