Across the Nicolae Balcescu Avenue from the University building, behind a park, there is the National Theatre, which has a story of its own. The National Theatre was inaugurated in 1852 and it lay in a different location, on Calea Victoriei, where the actual Novotel Hotel lies (they have recreated the old facade in front of the Novotel nowadays). However the original building on Calea Victoriei was bombed during the Second World War and built again in the present location (1973). The 1973 building had the roof in shape of a hat (people used to associate that with playwright Ion Luca Caragiale's hat). It suffered from a big fire that destroyed its main hall and so it was restored in 1984-1985, with a bigger capacity afterwards (it has three halls, 1186, 400, respectively 250 seats). In front of the theatre there is the statue of Ion Luca Caragiale. Next to the National Theatre there is the 25 floor Intercontinental Hotel, the first international chain hotel to open in Romania during the communist regime (during the period when Ceausescu was in good terms with the U.S.A.).
The stocky building sitting on one of the corners of University Square is the National Theater. It was built in 1973 after plans by a group of Romanian architects. The old building of the National Theater was destroyed during the WWII. Originally the building had a different facade, modeled after the architecture of Moldova's monasteries but in 1984 it was remodeled and got its present massive shape. The theatre has 4 performance halls.
The National Theater is named after the Romanian playwright and short-story writer Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912). His plays made fun of the politics and politicians and of the Romanian society of that day. For example the play that is considered to be his masterpiece, "A Lost Letter", written in 1884, describes a provincial government election won by a blackmailer. It's amazing how his works have the same power today as they did a century ago. Not only that, but recently I saw one of his plays being performed in California and I was surprized to see how the American public of today can relate to his story written in 1880.
Last, if you feel like having a refreshment, you'll find two bars located on top of the National Theater. One is a open terrace bar called "La Motoare", open only in summer, while the other one called "Laptaria lui Enache" is open during fall, winter and spring. They are usually crowded, especially in the late afternoon and evening and especially in the summer when it's difficult to find a table before 2AM in the morning. If you find a table, be prepared to share it. At Laptarie you can catch live music most of the evenings.
The National Theatre was built in 1973, but its exterior was entirely reshaped in the 1980s. Inside there are three auditoriums: the Sala Mare is the largest one, the Sala Amfiteatru and the Sala Atelier are used for smaller productions and TV shows. The theatre is still state-owned and run by the Ministry of Culture. Inside there is also a museum with various memorabilia, including statues, paintings and scenery models.
My picture shows an aerial view of the theatre because I took it from the 21st floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, situated across the street.
The National Theatre in Bucharest is the most important theater in Romania. There are three halls: The Great Hall, The Amphitheater Hall and The Studio Hall (Sala Atelier).
The history of the building is also interesting, first time raised in 1852, the Great Theather opened in old times Bucharest. Between 1879-1918 there was the Golden Age of Romanian dramaturgy, lead by I.L.Caragiale which portrayed life of those times in a way that is omnipresent, aspects of those are found in current life, his plays are a national treasure.
In 1973 the building was enhanced but in 1978 Nicolae Ceausescu ordered another changes, to reshape the exterior as well as the interior. Currently there are discussion whether to come back to the original shape of the exterior.
National Theatre is a more modern building then other important institutions in Bucharest, also in the center of the city, and it's the center of all the theatre events, sometimes concerts, various plays and performances...Bucharest National Theatre is very famous, and if you can't understand Romanian, then try an opera or ballet, you won't regret it!
There are flags of various countries all around the theatre.
The National Theatre was constructed between 1846-1852,competing with the Vienna's Opera not only through its size and beauty but also through its acustic.the building was partially destroyed during the German bombing on Bucharest (24-25 august 1944) and later demolated. It was reconstructed between 1967-1970.
Bucharest had always been a center of culture. The old National Theatre (a beautiful classical building) was opened 1852 near the Telephone Palace, at Calea Victoriei. It was bombed out during the air-raid of 1944.
The actual National Theatre was built betewwn 1967-1970 and its located in the Unviversity square, near the Intercontinental hotel. The impressive theatre consists 3 preformance halls and exhibition halls.
The Bucharest National Theatre (Romanian: Teatrul Naþional "I. L. Caragiale" Bucureºti) was founded in 1852, its first director being Costache Caragiale. It became a national institution in 1864 by a decree of Mihail Kogãlniceanu. Its first building was destroyed during the bombardment of Bucharest in WWII and the new building has been in use since 1973.
A fire broke out in the night of 16 August 1978, and distroyed the large exhibition hall completely. The theatre was restored and some transformations were done to the exterior of the building in 1983-1984. The National Theatre has 4 exhibition halls: Sala Mare, Sala Amfiteatru, Sala Atelier and Sala Mica.
The building that you see today is replacing the Old National Theatre that unfortunately was destroyed by Ceausescu. Not too many people like the new building since it really strikes you as something that does not belong in a part of town where all buildings are old and resemble the Old Bucharest, with its unique charm.
Regardless of its modern look, the National Theatre is the host of major theatrical plays in Bucharest. The use of the theatre's main/big hall is limited to high quality performances, undergoing a very selective process prior to admission for performing.
The theatre has 3 auditoriums that host domestic and foreign plays by a broad selection of classical and contemporary Romanian playwrights.
The theatre's Sala Mare (Big Hall) hosts the grand productions.
Sala Amfiteatru (the Amphitheatre) shows smaller productions and TV shows, and Sala Atelier (the Studio Hall) gets a mix of low-key shows and presentations.
Right in front of the theatre is the statue of the one of the biggest Romanian playwright, author and short story writer: Ion Luca Caragiale (1853-1912). Caragiale became one of the leading members of the most important literary movement of his time, Junimea, movement which launched great names of Romanian literature, such as Ion Creanga and Mihai Eminescu. His plays are characterized by a classical construction and a very acute observation of the social realities of the time, always mixed with a fine sense of irony.
Due to time limitations, I was not able to attend a performance. This building however, I do believe, is gorgeous inside and out, this 19th-century concert hall, home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, has a Baroque dome and classical columns. In theory, there are tours, but the building is often locked. For a look at the inside, it's best to attend a concert; tickets run $2.15 to $4.95.
Three auditoriums host professional domestic and foreign plays by a broad selection of both classical and contemporary Romanian playwrights. The theatre's Big Hall (Sala Mare), hosts the grand productions, while the Amphitheatre (Sala Amfiteatru) shows smaller productions and TV shows, and the Studio Hall (Sala Atelier) gets a mix of low-key shows and presentations.
The Romanian theatre house has a fascinating history. Initially, the building was located on the historical Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) but last century's wars destroyed it. However, art was not affected for a too long lapse of time because Romanian architects have created a new house with an impressive stage, which allows those concerned to make any artistic experiments from the classical to the avant-garde ones. The Bucharest National Theatre is the most important stage of the country, where the actors of genius of Romania have brought to life historic texts. The National Theatre was the perfect host of the 1996 Festival of the European Theatres Union, but also for all the important Romanian festivals which are drawing closer to the Academy awards ceremony in terms of splendour.