“Marin Sorescu” National Theatre of Craiova is more than 165 years old, and has always been one of the most important theatres in Romania. After 1989, it participated in a large number of renowned international festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, the Festival in Avignon, the Tokyo Shakespeare Festival, the Theatre Festival of Americas in Montreal, the Melbourne Arts Festival, the Scenic Arts Festival in Sao Paulo, the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, the Theatre of Nations Festival in Seoul etc, and it was awarded several important prizes worldwide. It is worth mentioning that the reputed British magazine ”The Stage” compared the National Theatre of Craiova to Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble and Peter Brook’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
Since 1994, an International Shakespeare Festival has been organised in Craiova. The Festival has presented so far important Shakespearean performances staged by some of the most famous directors such as: Peter Brook, Robert Wilson, Declan Donnellan, Lev Dodin, Thomas Ostermeier, Oskaras Korsunovas, Elizabeth LeCompte, Silviu Purcarete, Yukio Ninagawa and many others.
Currently, the theatre's direction is mainly focused on contemporary drama, and aims to involve both young artists and new audiences, encouraging and promoting innovative creative projects in order to enhance and diversify the role of theatre.