The Bulandra has been and is still the meeting point of the most renowned creators of Romanian theatre. It has developed productions that have had a decisive influence on the evolution of the institution itself as well as on Romanian theatre in general.
Built in 1947 by the City of Bucharest, the new institution, called the City theatre, started its activities with a group of nine actors under the direction of the great Romanian actress Lucia Sturdza Bulandra. Throughout its history, despite all the difficulties encountered along the way, the theatre was fortunate enough to be managed by several strong personalities that each imprinted a unique and persevering style. Seen as a place of political opposition, the Bulandra faced severe censorship during the communist era. But it survived, keeping its involvement in the avant-garde. The actors invented a specific language, impossible to censor, in order to communicate with the audience. After Caescescu’s fall in 1989, the theatre kept its leading position and answered to the numerous invitations it received from around the world. In 1991, it became a member of the Union of European Theatres, and Alexandru Darie, who was made the Bulandra’s director in 2002, was president of the UTE between 2007 and 2011.