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Excelsior Theatre’s world record to be formalised on Monday

Excelsior Theatre in Bucharest became the first theatre in Romania that was registered in the Guinness World Records at the end of last year. The distinction has been granted for the largest rotating stepped row of seats in the world. This has been built especially for the “Vlaicu Voda” theatre play by Alexandru Davila, an event held on the occasion of the Great Union Centennial.

The world record recently set will be formalised within a special event on Monday, January 21, at 12:30hr in the “Ion Lucian” Hall of the theatre, with actors and the staff that worked for the “Vlaicu Voda” theatre play attending. It will be then that the honorary diplomas certifying the record will be granted.

A video making of the “Vlaicu Voda” production will be screened and key moments will be recalled, highlighting the essential part that the rotating stepped row of seats has played.

Adrian Găzdaru, the manager of EXCELSIOR Theatre:”This acknowledgment  is the more important to us the more we haven’t just overcome an already set performance, but we are the first ones that set such a performance in the cultural artistic field in the Guinness Book of Records”.

It is a great honour and joy to be in the Book of Records. For us, it is the more important the more the acknowledgment has come for the <Vlaicu Voda> show, a special project dedicated on the Centennial of Great Union, where a team of over 700 artists and technicians have worked. I think that, next to the audience’s applause, this record is the greatest joy that the Excelsior Theatre could have on this anniversary”, Adrian Găzdaru used to say in November last year when the record had been announced.

The theatre play, directed by Horia Suru, a project organized by the Bucharest City Hall, took place for an entire day in Constitutiei Square in the Capital, during June 8-10 and August 22-26, 2018, from 10:00hr to 22:30hr.

The medieval life-sized village built for this production event has recalled the fascinating world six centuries ago to the smallest detail. Nine houses, eight defence towers, four craftsman workshops, an inn and a church (an interpretation of San Nicoara church in Curtea de Arges), hundreds of folk costumes and masks, tens of musicians (players, choir and archaic ensemble), next to villagers, guards, riders, craftsmen (master potters, wooden sculptors, weavers) have reenacted the old medieval times.

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