The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, an Israel Prize winner, is a municipal theatre, founded in 1944. The Cameri Theatre is considered to be the largest and most prolific theatre in Israel. Every year the Cameri stages up to twelve new productions, together with twenty productions from previous seasons. The theatre is located in the center of Tel Aviv as part of the Tel Aviv Performance Arts Centre. All productions run in its 5 auditoriums.
The Cameri Auditoriums:
Cameri 1 with 960 seats;
Cameri 2 with 420 seats;
Cameri 3 with 270 seats;
Cameri 4 with 180 seats;
Café Theatre with 120 seats.
Performances are running every day throughout the year, usually, in all 5 auditoriums as well as touring around the country. The Cameri Theatre has more than 40,000 yearly subscriptions (A subscription includes tickets for seven productions per year) and more than 1.1 million viewers every year.
The total number of box office tickets sold per year comes to 1,150,000 and the total number of performances, including performances out of Tel Aviv, comes to 2100 per year. The theatre repertory includes four categories:
1. Original Israeli Drama written by leading and upcoming playwrights.
2. Classical Drama: including recent project of Richard The Second and Richard The Third that won Best Production of the Year, Hamlet (in a small hall of 200 Seats) with 1000 performances since its premiere in 2005, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth by Shakespeare, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Electra and Antigona by Sophocles among others.
3. Modern Drama: including plays by Tennesse Williams, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang and Tadeusz Sobodjanek, Wajdi Mouawad, Joshua Harmon, Ayad Aktar and many more.
4. Musicals: including in recent years: The Producers, Fiddler on The Roof, Cabaret, and Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum. Hair, Bullets above Broadway, West Side Story, Funny Girl and many more.
Throughout the years, The Cameri Theatre has been invited to some of the leading Theatres and Drama Festivals, worldwide, among them: BAM in NY with Gorodish a Contemporary Israeli Drama, The Barbican in London with Plonter (a special collaboration of Arab and Jewish actors), Hannover Expo, Washington Shakespeare Festival at The Kennedy Center, and Gdansk Shakespeare Festival with Hamlet, National Center for the Performing Arts (The Egg) in Beijing, Moscow Theatre of Nations with Hamlet, and to more than 50 other international tours with various productions.
The Cameri Theatre hosts yearly International Theatre Festivals. In Recent years the programme included the following productions:
Robert Wilson, Three Penny Opera, Arturo Ui from the Berliner Ensemble, The Volksbuhne, The Schaubuhne, The Deutsches Theatre from Berlin, The National Theatre of Norway, The National Theatre of The Czech Republic, The Public Theatre, New York, and more than 70 other theatres from all over the world. The Cameri international collaborations recently included a co-production of Euripedes, Trojan Women with Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre directed by Yukio Ninagawa, with a mixed cast of Arab, Jewish, and Japanese actors. The Return To Haifa in Washington DC, To The End of Te Land at the Lincoln Centre in NY and many more.
To the End of the Land / David Grossman
The Cameri productions have accumulated more than 120 theatrical awards, including the most coveted Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State of Israel. This year,
The Cameri Theatre received Honorary Fellowship of Tel Aviv University for its singular contribution over seven decades to enhancing Israeli culture, for its rich repertory, and for nurturing excellence in all aspects of theatrical performance.
A Horse Walks Into A Bar | David Grossman
Dovaleh G’s standup comedy performance in a basement in Netanya’s industrial zone spirals out of control and takes a spine-chilling turn. In front of the audience, which includes two of his childhood friends, he carries out a searing moral stocktaking.
The careening rollercoaster shifts rapidly between black humor and vitriolic satire, between loves and betrayals, longing and regrets. In standup comedy – as in life – everything is possible. This evening, which is also Dovaleh’s birthday and apparently his last performance, he no longer has anything to lose.
Director, Dror Keren, a Horse Walk Into A Bar
Shmulik Ifrah, The newly appointed General Director of the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, is a graduate of the Beit Zvi Performing Arts School, is a trained Actor, Teacher, Director and Independent Producer. Ifrah was until recently the Director General and Artistic Director of the Be'er Sheva Municipal Theater. Ifrah led a substantive change at the Theatre, The City and the Negev Regional Council, and brought a significant change budgets and financial turnover of the theater and Be'er Sheva cultural life by transfer of budgets for socio-cultural activities for the residents of Beer Sheva and the Negev Regional Council
Ifrah is also the Founder and Director of the Be'er Sheva Children and Youth Theatre which is the first theatre of its kind in the Negev, and which its entire work is dedicated to the expansion of cultural knowledge and activity for the benefit of the future generation of the theater, in particular, the city of Be'er Sheva and the Negev in general. Ifrah also founded and managed the Goodman School for Play in the Negev. This is the first s Drama School established in the Negev, and within a relatively short period of time, became one of the leading Drama Schools in Israel, with an increasing numbers of graduates and teachers among the best performing professions in Israel.
Every year, there are nearly 20 graduates who successfully integrate on stages in all active theaters, cinema and television screens in Israel.
Shmulik Ifrah, Director Genera (Photo: Maayan Kaufman)
Omri Nitzan, Artistic Director of The Cameri Theatre, is a prodigious Director himself in both theatre and opera. Omri Nitzan accumulated many prizes for his productions that include classical and contemporary drama. Among the prizes he won are: five time winner of the Israel Theatre Prize for Director of the Year, five time winner of the Israeli Theatre Prize for Production of the Year. Mr. Nitzan directed Operas in The Israel Opera, in Antwerp and in Tokyo. Operas he directed were guests' performances in The Opera of Rome, the Detaches Opera Berlin, and The Opera Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany
Omri Nitzan, Artistic Director
The Hanoch Levin Institute of Israeli Drama, founded by Noam Semel, promotes Israeli drama throughout the world in more than 20 languages. Festivals of Israeli drama take place in leading theatres internationally, and in Israel, once a year, the Institute launches Isradrama and Theatre Exposure– a showcase of Israeli drama presented to theatre professionals from all over the world.
Itim Ensemble The Cameri Theatre also adopted the Itim Ensemble, Israel leading experimental theatre, directed by acclaimed Director, Rina Yerushalmi. The Ensemble has received many awards for its productions and participated in leading international festivals.
The Cameri Archive contains the production books of all past productions with additional dramaturgical material for the use of theatre professionals and students.
For further details please contact:
Sigal Cohen, Director International Relations
Sigal Cohen, Director, International Relations