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Konstantin Bogomolov. Photo by M. Denisov.

New performances are being prepared by Konstantin Bogomolov, Alexander Molochnikov, Mikita Ilyinchik and Edgar Zakaryan.

The new season of the Moscow Drama Theater on Malaya Bronnaya will begin in early August, the first premiere of the season is scheduled for September. The theater plans to work with classical literary material and return to the main building.

What awaits the audience

The first premiere of the season will be a performance tentatively titled Platonov. It hurts. ” An early play by Anton Chekhov will be staged by the nominee for the Golden Mask Alexander Molochnikov, who recently presented the play Bulba. Feast”. Fantasy on Gogol themes – as the creators define the genre of the production – has become one of the most talked about premieres in the fall of 2020. Molochnikov’s new play will be released in September.

The artistic director of the theater is also preparing the premiere. Konstantin Bogomolov continues to work with the legacy of Fyodor Dostoevsky – now he is staging the play The Idiot. Last year the premiere of his play “The Demons of Dostoevsky” took place at the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya, and on the main stage of the Moscow Art Theater named after A.P. Chekhov has been running his “Karamazovs” for almost 10 years. The premiere of the new performance is planned for the second half of the upcoming season.


In the new season, the theater will show many new performances based on classical works. GITIS graduate Mikita Ilyinchik will take on the “Cherry Orchard”. Viewers already know this director – in the current season, he directed “The Benefactors” based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Littell about the Second World War. And the director Edgar Zakaryan started rehearsals for Hamlet. The premiere will take place in October – November.

Konstantin Bogomolov noted that cooperation with Ilyinchik and Zakaryan continues a very important line – the discovery of young directors. The actors will also be looking for new names next season. “Unlike many Moscow theaters, we are now intensively watching courses taught in various theater schools. I think that in the off-season we will host a whole group of young artists. Today, few theaters can afford to intensively renew their troupe, ”said the artistic director.

In addition, negotiations are underway with the nominee for the “Golden Mask” director Danil Chashchin, Kirill Vytoptov and others.

Renovation and touring

They plan to return to the building on Malaya Bronnaya, where renovations are currently underway, at the end of the first quarter of 2022, said Elena Mironenko, who was appointed director of the theater this year. Previously, she served as Minister of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk Territory.

“The readiness of construction works is quite high – over 70 percent. The restoration of the auditorium and the foyer, complete replacement of engineering systems, and renewal of stage equipment are underway, ”she said.

In addition to returning to the building, tours are also planned – if the epidemiological situation allows. In the fall, the theater plans to travel to Orenburg, Belgorod, Kursk regions, Siberia. Last year’s hit by Oleg Dolin “The Woman-Snake” and “The Demons of Dostoevsky” will be taken there.

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