The Public Theater’s Foyer houses a historical treasure

Unprecedented discovery at the Constanta State Theater! Rehabilitation work on the building has revealed part of the old walls of the Tomis Fortress. This is the enclosure wall of the ancient city of Tomis, the city’s defensive walls dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries.


Specialists say that the discovery will certainly be highlighted, a fact reinforced by the mayor of the municipality, Vergil Chițac.

The Constanta State Theatre was founded in 1951 by Decree of the Council of Ministers, and the inaugural performance, which premiered on 2 May 1951, was I.L.Caragiale’s comedy “A Lost Letter”, a masterpiece of Romanian scenic art.


At this moment the building cannot be visited, due to the current reconstruction. A way to spotlight the walls of the fortress is looked for. It is located close to the seashore, over the ruins of the Tomis fortress.

We have chosen this building because of its historical value and its potential to be promoted amongst teens. It has begun to spark interest owing to the multiple

performances of new actors and controversial subjects that have been addressed through their presentations. Moreover, it provides a base upon which the talents of youngsters can be further developed. Over the decades of its existence, the Theater has had and still has great actors, great directors, plays by great Romanian and foreign playwrights have been staged on its stages and it can boast, to this day, numerous country premieres: “Vilegiatura” and “Nora and the Mother-in-law” by Goldoni, “The Night of the Iguana” by Tennessee Williams, “There will be no war in Troy” by Jean Giraudoux.

The theater has always benefited from first-hand actors (Vasile Cojocaru, Ileana Ploscaru, Jean Ionescu, Emil Sassu, Longin Mărtoiu, Virgil Andriescu, Eugen Mazilu, Diana Cheregi, Liviu Manolache, Lucian Iancu, Lică Gherghilescu, Iulian Enache, Ana Mirena Elena and Titus Gurgulescu, Emil Bârlădeanu, Nina Udrescu, Cristina Oprean, etc.), but also by younger, talented actors, eager to surpass their masters. Among them, some are graduates of the theater faculties from Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Craiova, Iaşi, etc. or graduates of the Faculty of Arts from “Ovidius” University (Georgiana Mazilescu, Laura Iordan, Laura Crăciun, Adrian Dumitrescu, Lana Moscaliuc, Marian Adochiţei, Liliana Cazan, Florina Stănculeț, Alina Manțu, Turchian Guzin Nasurla, Dan Cojocaru, Andrei Cantaragiu Remus Archip, Mirela Pană, Andu Axente, Luiza Martinescu etc.).

Work on the project “Increasing the energy efficiency of the Constanta State Theater building” started last autumn and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. The value of the investment is almost one million euros.


February 5, 2022

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