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25 August 2021, 10:16

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Theater named after Vladimir Mayakovsky

Spectators will see performances based on classical works and a play by the Soviet playwright.

The Moscow Academic Theater named after Vladimir Mayakovsky opened the 99th season. Artistic director Mindaugas Karbauskis and director Alexander Stulnev told what the troupe will do this year.

New performances

The first premiere of the pre-jubilee season will be “An Ordinary History” based on the novel by the 19th century classic Ivan Goncharov. This is a graduation performance by the workshop of Mindaugas Karbauskis (GITIS), which was included in the repertoire of the theater. Nikita Kobelev, whom the public knows from the productions of Berdichev, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Innovators and others, took over as the director.

Yesterday’s graduates of GITIS, and now – young theater artists, tell the story of growing up, the first disappointments and a change in beliefs. Young Alexander Aduev, who came to St. Petersburg to visit his uncle, is played by five artists at once. Each of them got their own color in the evolution of the hero from an enthusiastic and sincere provincial youth to an indifferent and unprincipled double of his own uncle. The performance will be shown on September 29 on the small stage.

The next premiere awaits viewers in January. Again the classic of Russian literature – “Enough for every wise man.” The play by Alexander Ostrovsky will be transferred to the theater stage by Anatoly Shulyev. Previously, he already turned to the work of Ostrovsky, the premiere of the play “Mad Money” took place in 2017.

In the spring, the theater will release three more new productions. Mindaugas Karbauskis himself will work on one of them – “Gentlemen Golovlevs” based on the novel by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin. Honored Art Worker of Russia Yuri Ioffe will stage Alexei Arbuzov’s Happy Days of an Unhappy Man, and director and playwright Sasha Denisova, winner of the Golden Mask Prize, will create a play about the life and work of the famous 20th century writer and artist Bruno Schulz. The working title of the production is “Bruno”.


Theater artists are preparing for a busy touring life. Already on September 5, the troupe will show the play “Russian Novel” in Tula – this performance will conclude the program of the V International Theater Festival “Tolstoy”. Then the artists will go to Balashov (Saratov region) for the All-Russian festival “Theatrical Prikhoperye” – there will be a show of the play “On the wedding day.”

In October, I planned a trip to Syktyvkar – to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Komi Republic. The performances “The Importance of Being Serious” and “Oblomov” will be shown there. And Karbauskis’s Russian Novel will be presented at the First Theater Festival in Salekhard, as well as at the Gorky International Theater Festival in Nizhny Novgorod.

GITIS graduates

This summer, the troupe of the Vladimir Mayakovsky Theater was replenished with new actors. 11 graduates of the workshop of Mindaugas Karbauskis at GITIS are starting to work – Ivan Sapfirov, Asya Fomenko, Arina Nazarova, Yulia Marycheva, Maxim Naumov, Yaroslav Leonov, Alina Vakaeva, Semyon Aleshin, Ivan Kovalyunas, Kirill Kuskov and Stanislav Kardashev.

Viewers already know some of them. For example, Stanislav Kardashev got the role of Vasya Sarafanov in last year’s production of “The Elder Son” – its director Anatoly Shulyev created it based on the play of the same name by Alexander Vampilov. Kardashev’s classmate, Ivan Sapfirov, plays Pyotr Meluzov in the play “Talents and Admirers”, and Darla, the middle son of the deceased farmer Addi Bandren, plays in “Yoknapatof”, around whom the action unfolds.


The theater does not plan to introduce entrance to performances by QR codes yet. The room occupancy is 50 percent. Spectators must wear masks to attend the performances. In addition, sanitizers and air recirculators are installed here. A thermal imager works at the entrance, which allows you to measure the temperature without creating queues.

Employees working with guests are required to wear masks and gloves. At the entrance to the theater, they are also measured their temperature. To date, more than 70 percent of workers have been vaccinated.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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