Collaborating with Shakespeare: Recent Rewritings of ROMEO AND JULIET on the Romanian Stage

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Mădălina Nicolaescu
Oana-Alis Zaharia


The paper investigates the factors contributing to the recent surge in popularity of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on the Romanian stage.  One possible explanation lies in the play's adaptability and relevance to present-day concerns coupled with the opportunities for creative reimagining offered by its canonical Romanian translation. The article posits that directors and playwrights have engaged in a fruitful "collaboration with the dead" (Leitch 19), breathing new life into the classic text by means of different forms of rewriting. Specifically, the paper discusses two recent versions of Romeo and Juliet staged in Bucharest, at Teatrul Mic in 2018 and at Teatrul Odeon in 2021, and focuses on the process of rewriting Shakespeare’s text in the form of a theatre adaptation and of a radical appropriation. 

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Nicolaescu, M., and O.-A. Zaharia. “Collaborating With Shakespeare: Recent Rewritings of ROMEO AND JULIET on the Romanian Stage”. Linguaculture, vol. 14, no. 1, June 2023, pp. 121-35, doi:10.47743/lincu-2023-1-0333.
Author Biographies

Mădălina Nicolaescu, University of Bucharest, Romania

Mădălina Nicolaescu is professor at the English Department - University of Bucharest. Her books on early modern theatre include Meanings of Violence in Shakespeare (2004), Ec-centric Mappings of the Renaissance (1999); she has edited collections of essays such as (In)hospitable Translations: Fidelities, Betrayals, Rewritings  (2010)  Shakespeare Translations and the European Dimension (2012), Shakespeare 400 in Romania (2016)  Perspectives on Shakespeare in Europe’s Borderlands (2020).  Further recent contributions on Shakespeare have also been published in International Shakespeare Yearbook (2020), Cahiers Élisabéthains (2019, 2020), SEDERI (2017) and in volumes like Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, (2014), Great Shakespeareans (2012), Visions of Shakespeare (2011). 

Oana-Alis Zaharia, University of Bucharest, Romania

Oana-Alis Zaharia is Lecturer of English at the English Department of the University of Bucharest. She is the author of the monograph Cultural Reworkings and Translations in/of Shakespeare’s Plays (Bucharest, 2015). Her recent work has been published in prestigious international journals: Cahiers Élisabéthains, SEDERI Yearbook, Studia Litteraria Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis, etc. She has co-edited and contributed to several volumes on Shakespeare and translation/adaptation: Perspectives on Shakespeare in Europe’s Borderlands (co-editor, Bucharest 2020), Shakespeare 400 in Romania. Papers Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare's Death (co-editor, Bucharest, 2017); Shakespeare, Translation and the European Dimension (co-editor, 2012) and Inhospitable Translations: Fidelities, Betrayals, Rewritings (Bucharest, 2010).


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