THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare has begun rehearsing > (17/09/2018)

“The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare, the new NTNG production has begun rehearsing.  The “disease” of envy, the obsession of revenge, the power of forgiveness. All these characteristics in one of the most beloved plays, written by one of the greatest playwrights of all times, William Shakespeare, translated by Nikos Chatzopoulos, seen here through the eyes of the great Romanian director Silviu Purcărete. The play will premiere on 16 November 2018 at the Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies (EMS).
Opening: 16/11/2018
The ingenious Shakespearean narration of an intense story about love, envy and  abandonment. A dark fairy-tale, full of images and emotions, where time slows down and the heroes’ defence, strength and resistance subside. It is the story of King Leontes, who, suspecting that his wife is cheating on him and blinded by envy, will be driven to utter misery and loneliness. But one day, a big change comes: Leontes comes out of his lethargy, he becomes wiser and light overcomes darkness, because the power of life is invincible…

With Stathis Mantzoros as Leontes and Kleio Danai Othonaiou as Hermione.
CREDITS / Translated by: Nikos Chatzopoulos, Directed by: Silviu Purcărete, Sets: Helmut Stürmer, Costumes: Dragos Buhagiar, Music: Vasile Sirli
CAST / Momo Vlachou (Mamillius, Perdita, Time), Theodoros Ignatiadis (Polixenes), Panos Kammenos, Giannis Mastrogiannis (Musicians), Zoi Lyra, Giolanta Balaoura (Dorcas, Mopsa, Emilia, Court Ladies), Stathis Mantzoros (Leontes), Christos Mastrogiannidis, Giorgos Tsagkarakis (Dion, Cleomenes), Ilias Berberis (Comedian), Dimitris Naziris (Antigonus), Christos Ntaraktsis (Shepherd),  Kleio Danai Othonaiou (Hermione), Tasos Rodovitis (Florizel), Foteini Timotheou (Paulina), Alexandros Tsakiris (Camillo), Samson Fytros (Autolycus, Archidamus)
Silviu Purcărete, Director
Born in Bucharest in 1950, Silviu Purcărete studied stage direction at the Theatre Academy of his hometown. During the first years of his career, he worked with the Youth Theatre (Teatrul Tineretului) of Piatra Neamt and the National Theatre of Constanta (Teatrul de Stat Constanta). Since 1978, he has successfully collaborated with the Teatrul Mic and taught at the Theatre Academy of Bucharest. But his collaboration with the National Theatre of Craiova was the real turning point in his career. Much of his work was now highly acclaimed abroad: Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich, Vienna, Glasgow, London, São Paolo etc.

In 1992, Silviu Purcărete became the director of the Teatrul Bulandra in Bucharest. In January 1996, he was appointed by the French Minister of Culture to lead the Théâtre de l’ Union, a national dramatic centre in central France. In September 1997, he created the Theatre Academy of the Théâtre de l’ Union, a training school for young actors. A few years later, in 2002, Purcărete founded his own company with a group of regular actors. He has also staged many operas at the Scottish Opera, Theater und Philarmonie Essen, Theater Bonn in Germany and the Wiener Staatsoper in Austria.

He has received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the French Order of the Knights of the Arts and Letters and the Romanian Star Order.

Purcărete is an individual member of the Union of European Theatres (UTE).
Helmut Stürmer, Set & Costume Designer
Helmut Stürmer was born in Timisoara in 1942. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Bucharest. During a period of 40 years he designed stage sets and drew dress sketches for more than 250 theatre plays and operas.
From 1968 to 1977 he worked as set designer for the State Theatre−Sibiu, the Bulandra Theatre−Bucharest and other theatre houses in Romania. He also collaborated with the Schauspiel Köln and the Münchner Kammerspiele in Germany.

Since 1977, when he became a resident of Germany, he has collaborated with state theatres and opera houses in Stuttgart, Dϋsseldorf, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Leipzig, Nϋrnberg, Karlsruhe etc.He has collaborated with major theatres in Europe, America and Australia (Old Tote Theatre−Sydney, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Theater am Neumarkt−Zürich, La Mama Theatre−New York, Volkstheater−Vienna, Théâtre de l’ Union−Limoges, Opera Basel, Det Norske Teatret−Oslo, Katona Joszef Theatre−Budapest, Royal Shakespeare Company−London, National Theatre−Prague, Teatro Colon−Buenos Aires etc).
Aside from his extensive work for opera and drama, he has also worked as art director for nine films.

In 2017, the 4th Madách International Theatre Meeting (MITEM)−Budapest organized a Retrospective Exhibition of Stürmer’s work.

His numerous awards include: Romanian Artists' Union Award for stage design (“Hamlet”, directed by Dinu Cernescu, 1974), Romanian Critics' Award for best set design in historical film (“Tanase Scatiu”, directed by Dan Pita, 1975), UNITER (Romanian Theatre Union) Award for best stage design of 1999-2000 season (“It Is So If You Think It Is” and “Hamlet” directed by Vlad Mugur, 2001), UNITER Award for Life Achievement (2001), Hungarian Critics' Award for best set and costume design of the Year (“Troilus and Cressida”, directed by Silviu Purcărete, 2006), UNITER Award for the best stage design of the 2007-2008 season (“Faust”, directed by Silviu Purcărete, 2008), Romanian Film Award (Gopo) for best movie set (“Undeva la Palilula”, directed by Silviu Purcarete, 2013), Best Scenography Award and Prize “for the most important theatre event of the festival” at the Romanian Comedy Festival Bucharest (“Fuchsiada”, directed by Helmut Stürmer assisted by Silviu Purcarete, 2016), UNITER Prize for Best Stage Design of the Year 2017 (“Erendira”, directed by Yuri Kordonsky, 2018).