National Theatre of Cluj (Romania)
William Shakespeare: THE TEMPEST
Photo: Nicu Cherciu

Thursday, November 28, National Theatre of Cluj

Romanian translation by: Nina Cassian & Radu Nichita
2h 30' with intermession 
Prospero: Marcel Iureș 
Ariel: Anca Hanu
Caliban: Cristian Grosu
Miranda: Sânziana Tarța
Ferdinand, Alonso's son: Matei Rotaru
Stephano: Radu Lărgeanu
Trinculo: Adrian Cucu
Alonso, King of Naples: Ioan Isaiu
Gonzalo: Petre Băcioiu
Antonio, Prospero's brother: Cătălin Herlo
Sebastian, Alonso's brother: Mihai-Florian Nițu
Adrian: Dan Chiorean
Francisco / Master of the ship: Ruslan Bârlea
Iris: Elena Ivanca
Juno: Angelica Nicoară
Ceres: Romina Merei
Sycorax: Miriam Cuibus

Directed by GÁBOR TOMPA

Set and costume design: Carmencita Brojboiu
Music: Lucian Ban
Choreography: Melinda Jakab
Video design: Radu Daniel
Director's assistant: Teofil Pașca
Lighting design: Jenel Moldovan


"In my view, The Tempest is the Shakespearean play which comes closest to music, structurally. Music has a precise form, a conceptual form. And that is why, for me, the magic wand is also a conductor’s baton, by means of which Prospero orchestrates the tempest from the beginning. When Prospero breaks the wand, theatre is stripped down of everything. Nothing is left. Not even the projections that he orchestrates… It is amazing this mirroring system in which the exact same situation is played in a farcical and in a grotesque and in a tragic and in a political key. Prospero is a scholar, a poet, an artist, and an outcast. The story also circumscribes an inner pilgrimage: Prospero changes, his desire for revenge is dissolved, he forgives the guilty. It is a Christian belief; the forgiveness of sins only happens when there is regret for what has been done."

Gábor Tompa 

Photo: Nicu Cherciu