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The elf of Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, came once down to Cluj, cast its spell on some pieces of wood and rags and turned them into marionettes. So, the people of the town made these puppets a house and thus the “Puck” Puppet Theatre was born, to turn stories into art.

Renowned for its multicultural vocation, Cluj boasts a puppet theatre with a tradition of more than half a century. Its Romanian and Hungarian departments stage plays in three languages, Romanian, Hungarian and German, and more recently, Romany, and the dedication of the actors was rewarded with many national and international awards. And, considering stories as part of the international patrimony, many of the plays hosted by the Theatre along time had both Romanian and Hungarian versions, or even in German. The performances take place on Saturdays (12 p.m.), in Hungarian, and Sundays, from 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m., in Romanian. The Theatre organizes frequently performances in kindergartens and schools.

The repertoire of the theatre includes the staging in Romanian of Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Alina and the Little Goose, Snow White, Cinderella, Stan Bolovan, Gulliver, The Witch’s Tom-cat, Stan the Troublesome, Emelian and the Empty Pouch, The Sandman, and in Hungarian of Poor Johnny,
The Little Pig Herd, The Little Tower, The Beauty and the Ugly Lad, Hansel
 
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The city upon Somes River hosts many cultural premieres - artistic events unique in Romania, and one of them is the “Puck” International Festival of Puppet and Marionette Theatres. Romanian and foreign theatrical companies are invited to this festival, as the theatres in Arad, Bucharest, Botosani, Sibiu, Craiova, Iasi and Galati, as well as from Hungary, Lithuania, Germany, Serbia and Moldavia. Similarly to the previous years, the fifth edition, organized between 23 and 27th of October 2006, will present ten Romanian theatrical companies and seven foreign companies, and will host performances, conferences and workshops.

The “Puck” Puppet Theatre Address: 23, I. C. Bratianu Street
Telephone/Fax: +40264/595.992

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