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Six premieres this fall and the beginning of winter: three recent and three upcoming.

The Moscow Theater on Taganka is preparing its version of the famous Canadian musical based on the novel Eugene Onegin in verse by Alexander Pushkin and the opera of the same name by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Theater Et Cetera took on Eugene Scribe’s comedy about Anne Boleyn and the Duchess of Marlborough. The Modern Theater explores the controversial personality of the first emperor of Russia. Read more about six new performances that can be watched in Moscow theaters at the end of November and December in this article.

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Nearest dates: November 30, December 5 and 18

Age limit: 16+

The main heroine of the new performance of the Mossovet Theater is a woman going through an existential crisis. Mom remains in an empty house alone with herself: the son has grown up and no longer needs her as much as before. She increasingly looks in the mirror and notices how she is getting old. The viewer is a guest in the maze of her confused thoughts about the past, present and future, about who she is and what happened to her.

The play Mama is the first part of a trilogy by the French playwright Florian Zeller, which also includes Father and Son.

By the way, the film Father (2020) with Anthony Hopkins, which received two statuettes at the last Oscar ceremony, is a film adaptation of Zeller’s play of the same name, made by the author himself. Zeller is currently working on the film Son. So far, Mama has an exclusively theatrical history: for the first time the play was staged by the Parisian Théâtre de Paris in 2010, and in 2019 the play Mama was staged at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York with Isabelle Huppert in the title role.

On the stage of the Mossovet Theater, the role of mother is played by a guest actress – Honored Artist of Russia Anastasia Svetlova. The play was staged by a young director Pavel Parkhomenko, who made his debut on this stage last year as director of The Gamblers based on Nikolai Gogol’s play.

The premiere took place on 24 November.

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Nearest dates: December 16, 17, 18, 19

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In 2016, the tandem of Canadian musical creators Emiel Gladstone and Veda Hill presented a production of their Onegin, a fantasy based on a novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin and an opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In the same 2016, the performance received 10 awards from the Jesse Richardson Theater Award, which is presented in Vancouver (Canada) for achievements in the field of professional theater.

Five years later, the Canadian Onegin was again translated into Russian. Alexei Frandetti, director of one of the biggest hits and the first musical on the Taganka Theater stage, Sweeney Todd, the Barber of Fleet Street, created his own version of the Gladstone and Hill musical. The theater promises: the classics, familiar to everyone from school literature lessons, will sound fresh, lively and a little hooligan.

The premiere will take place on December 16.

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Nearest dates: November 27, December 6 and 26

Age limit: 16+

The graduation performance from the workshop of Mindaugas Karbauskis at the Russian Institute of Theater Arts – GITIS – entered the repertoire of the Mayakovsky Theater in September. All the roles in “An Ordinary History” based on the novel by Ivan Goncharov – both young Alexander Aduev and his uncle Pyotr Ivanovich – are played by yesterday’s graduates of GITIS. The main character, Aduev Jr., is played by five young actors at once: Ivan Kovalyunas, Ivan Sapfirov, Stanislav Kardashev, Maxim Naumov, Semyon Aleshin. Each is responsible for Aduev at different stages of character development – from a rural romantic boy to a young urban cynic. This was the idea of ​​director Nikita Kobelev, who at the preparatory stage invited several students to try to get used to the main role. Aduev succeeded for everyone, and for each – his own.

The premiere took place on September 29.

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Nearest dates: November 26, December 1, 12, 22, 31

Age limit: 16+

The comedy of the 19th century French playwright Eugene Scribe “A Glass of Water, or Causes and Effects” is one of the most popular theatrical plays. The plot, based on real events in the history of Great Britain, has not ceased to inspire directors for almost two centuries.

The War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), in which England fights in alliance with Austria against France, ravages the state. The Tory party, represented by Viscount Bolingbroke, is in favor of a withdrawal from the war, and the Whig party, to which Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, belongs, is in favor of a continuation. It seems that the outcome is a foregone conclusion: Sarah Churchill is a longtime friend of Queen Anne Boleyn and the gray cardinal of her court. But two women manage to quarrel – and a glass of water becomes the reason for this quarrel. Politics mingle with love and jealousy.

The director, People’s Artist of Russia Boris Morozov, took on the production of “Glass of Water” on the Et Cetera stage. Natalia Zhitkova as Anna Boleyn, Honored Artist of Russia Natalya Blagikh as Duchess of Marlborough, Honored Artist of Russia Nikolai Kozak as Viscount Bolingbroke.

The premiere took place on 7 October.

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Nearest dates: November 30, December 10, 17, 18

Age limit: 12+

2021 marks the 300th anniversary of the adoption by Peter I of the title of emperor. The premiere of a new performance by the artistic director of the Modern Theater Yuri Grymov is timed to coincide with the historic date. The play “Peter I” will be the first part of the trilogy “Antichrist and Christ”. The director invites you to think about who the first emperor was for Russia, whose personality evoked polar emotions in his contemporaries – from awe to fear.

The premiere will take place on November 30.

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Nearest dates: November 25, December 5 and 24

Age limit: 16+

The Bird Felix is ​​a contemporary opera by composer Alexander Manotskov, based on a play by the young playwright Mikhail Chevega. “The history of the Yusupov family in poetic episodes” – this is how the creators define the production.

The Yusupovs are one of the most famous noble families in Russia. This princely family goes back to the biy of the Nogai horde, Yusuf-Murza, who died in 1554, his three sons went into the service of Ivan the Terrible. Legends were made about the Yusupovs – mainly about their fabulous wealth. The genus ended in the male line on Felix Feliksovich Yusupov, Count Sumarokov-Elston, who became famous for his participation in the murder of Grigory Rasputin and died in 1967 in Paris.

The premiere took place on 24 November.

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