Marin Sorescu National Theatre – A. I. Cuza Street, No 11
The National Theatre in Craiova was founded in mid 1800s and functioned in more locations along time. The present-day building was inaugurated in 1973 and comprimes two performance halls totaling 820 seats and a multifunctional foyer. Starting with 1989, the acting staff start their co-operation with the director Silviu Purcarete, and since then the performances staged in Craiova have become world wide known. Other cultural events that gather great actors from abroad and the country also perform here. Marin Sorescu National Theatre is the first theatre in eastern Europe to become a member of the European Theatre Convention, as a token of its acknowledgement and artistic value.Jean Mihail Palace is the most beautiful building of Craiova, being built between 1900 and 1907, according to the designs of architect Paul Gottereau, at the request of Constantin Mihail, one of the richest men of the time. The best quality materials were used in building the palace. The valuable stucco work, partly gilded, the Venetian windows, the ornamented Murano crystal chandeliers, the Carrara marble stairs, the wall tapestry made of Lyon silk, the stylish furniture and iron works, lend the rooms an air of elegance and refined taste. Since August 1954, Jean Mihail Palace shelters the Art Museum of Craiova which has a stock of over 12,000 items of foreign and Romanian art.