The 20th Festival of the European Theatres Union in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár, Romania) ended with a performance of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus by the Yugoslav Drama Theater from Belgrade. The international event took place from November 4 to 19, writes Magyar Nemzet.
During the sixteen-day event, audiences were able to see performances by eleven companies from eleven countries. Companies from Greece, the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Serbia, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, and Bulgaria took part in the festival.
Among the studio productions, the Luxembourg National Theater’s The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco, directed by Gábor Tompa, and The Plague, directed by Frank Hoffmann, sold out almost immediately, but the audience also enjoyed the success of the State Hungarian Theater of Cluj’s own repertoire, with Romeo and Juliet, Demons, and Sweet Anna.
Among the main stage productions, the most popular was Molière’s The Miser, directed by Máté Szabó and starring Zoltán Mucsi, from the Szolnok Szigligeti Theater in Hungary.
The accompanying programs – book launches, talks, exhibitions – also attracted many visitors to the theater.
Zoltán Mucsi is a Jászai Mari Award-winning Hungarian actor. He has appeared in more than sixty films since his debut in 1983. Photo via Facebook/Mucsi Zoltán
FactThe Union of European Theatres (UTE) is an alliance of European public theaters. It does transnational theater work comprising over ten thousand performances and reaching three million viewers each season. The UTE’s stated mission is to contribute to the building of the European Union through culture and theater, to encourage a collective cultural movement that breaks through language barriers in order to develop an art theater which is seen as a vector of fraternity among people. The UTE promotes productions and co-productions, theater exchanges, and shared experiences while respecting individual identities and cultures. Etched in continuity, the sum of these activities helps in elucidating the objectives of artistic and cultural policies that aim to reinforce artistic cooperation and transnational circulation in Europe. The president is Gábor Tompa, artistic and general director of the State Hungarian Theater of Cluj, Romania. The Comedy Theater of Budapest (Vígszínház) is part of the Union since 2015.
Via Magyar Nemzet, Featured image via Facebook/Szigligeti Színház