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Artistic director of theatre is Valery Fokin Artistic director of theatre is Valery Fokin

27.03.2015 The First Night of The Vricket on the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater 

On March 28 and 29, the spring premiere will take place on the New Stage: it is the all-family performance The Cricket. Director Veronica Shakhova identifies its genre as “non-fairy tale;” she used all sorts of theatrical techniques for its production – from playing theater and clownery and all the way for verbatim and psychological theater – for its production. Big attention was paid to items and playing with them; artist Vera Sokolova (Dmitry Krymov’s course) is a true co-author of the performance. The plot of the performance replicates Toon Tellegen’s story How the Cricket Was Recovering; it is a story how a cricket had encountered with a gloomy feeling and how he had turned free again. Adult theater goers can indulge themselves with playing and fantasizing together with the performance characters, while the little ones will learn what grief is and what to do with this feeling if it comes to them. Performances start at 13:00 and 16:00; tickets cost 250 rubles. Theater ticket booths are open daily from 11:00 till 19:00 with lunch break from 14:00 to 15:00; tel.: 312-15-45(Major Stage) and 401-53-41 (New Stage).

24.03.2015 The Marriage on the Stage of the National Hungarian Theater
On March 28 and 29, 2015, under the frames of the Days of Russian Culture in Budapest, Valery Fokin’s performance The Marriage will be presented on the Stage of the National Hungarian Theater. Laureate in the nominations “For the Best Director’s Job” (Valery Fokin) and “For the Best Artist’s Job” (Alexander Borovsky) of the “Golden Mask” National Theater Award, the performance shows the acute conflict in a person who tries to preserve his internal individual world with the reality obtaining an absurd, nearly farcical image. The story of six bachelors offering marriage to a merchant’s daughter Agafia Tikhonovna Kuperdyagina, who is unable to find even in her dreams and fantasies the only one who would have the entire complex of human accomplishments. 
The stage life of Gogol’s comedy The Marriage had started on the Alexandrinsky stage precisely 170 years ago. The great Russian actor Alexander Martynov was playing the role of Podkolesin in the premiere performance. Since that time, The Marriage has traditionally adorned the billboard of the Alexandrinsky Theater. 
 The performances will start at 19:00 and take place on the main stage of the National Hungarian Theater. The Days of Russian Culture will go from March 27 to March 30, 2015. 


22.03.2015 Greeting of the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky at the opening ceremony of the Year of Literature at the Alexandrinsky Theater
Dear friends! I am glad to greet you at the opening ceremony of the Year of Literature in St. Petersburg, which we very symbolically start at the Alexandrinsky Theater. This stage has always remained faithful to the traditions of the Russian classics; it was exactly the stage on which premieres of such masterpieces of the literature as Gogol’s The Inspector General and Chekhov’s The Seagull had taken place. As a Minister of Culture, I am extremely glad that the year 2015 was declared the Year of Literature. This is a great opportunity to remind about the enormous role and spiritual mission of the Russian literature in our history. We should be proud of the Russian language and Russian literature for the sake of preservation of the national self consciousness. I hope that under the frames of the events scheduled for this year, we will be able to hold successful educational activities resurrecting interest to national classics and facilitating progress of the literature process in our country.
It is especially important today, keeping the succession of generations, to inspire the new generation for creation of literature compositions. We should be very careful about the great traditions of the Russian literature, enhance the value of books and authority of writers in our culture.  
I congratulate all writers, poets, and literary men, and all literature admires and dedicated readers with the start of the Year of Literature.  

RF Minister of Culture V.R. Medinsky


20.03.2015 The Alexandrinsky Theater participates in the Jubilee Exhibits of the Artist Mart Kitayev 

On March 26, 2015, an exhibit dedicated to the 90th anniversary since the birth of the outstanding theater artist Mart Kitayev will open in the lobby of A.A. Bryantsev TYuZ Theater. The Alexandrinsky Theater provided materials from the theater’s museum funds for the exhibit: set models for the performances Harmony and Life (1974), The Non-Weeping Willow (1977), Untilovsk (1978), From Lopatin’s Notes (1975); five sketches from the legendary Nickolay Sheiko’s performance Chichikov’s Wonderings or the Dead Souls (1974): Chichikov’s tail coat, costumes of the wife and children of country gentleman Chichikov; dressing gown of the Nozdryov’s costume, and also photos from the Pushkin Theater performances of the 1970-1990s. On the eve of the jubilee of Russia’s oldest stage designer, the St. Petersburg Theater Library has also opened the “Kitayev Mart Frolovich. An Album for the 90th Birthday” exhibit, which shows photos from the master’s family archive, from the funds of the Theater Library, and also from the Alexandrinsky Theater Museum. The name of Mart Kitayev is inextricably connected with the famous Alexandrinsky stage: for more than 20 years, from 1974 to 1991, he was the Chief Artist of the Leningrad State Academy Pushkin Theater. In 1974 – 1991, Mart Kitayev had designed 37 performances at the Pushkin Theater; he had fruitfully cooperated with such directors as Nicolay Sheiko, Arseny Sagalchik, Vladimir Erenberg, Igor gorbachev, Rostislav Goryayev, Victor Khorkin, the Vyborg Gulf Golub, Vadim Golikov, Felix Frogoryan. 


17.03.2015 Opening of the Year of Literature on the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater 

On March 22, 2015, official ceremony giving start to the Year of Literature in St. Petersburg will take place on the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater. The choice of the venue is quite symbolic: the history of the Russian literature is inextricably connected with the history of the Alexandrinsky Theater, the repertoire of which had always been based on the Russian national classics: it was exactly the stage on which premieres of such masterpieces of the Russian literature as Gogol’s The Inspector General and Chekhov’s The Seagull and many other masterworks of the national literature took place. The opening events of the Year of the Literature will be happening in all facilities of the New Stage. The pre-ceremonial events will be taking place in the lobby of the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater: the leading publishing houses will introduce their latest items at the broad-scale book fair; later on, poetic readings and “creative duels” of St. Petersburg men of the pen will be taking places in various corners of the public spaces of the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, while the screens will be broadcasting the best samples of media poetry and other contemporary literature forms. The official ceremony and a theatrical show composed of fragments of Russian classic compositions will conclude the evening. Several generations of the Alexandrinsky stage actors, from scene elders to young actors, among whom will be Nickolay Marton, Victor Smirnov, Sergey Parshin, Pyotr Semak, Semyon Sytnik, Vitaly Kovalenko, Svetlana Smirnova, Maria Kuznetsova, Yulia Marchenko, Elena Vozhakina, Olesya Sokolova and others will take part in the show. Composer Vladimir Rannev will write special music to accompany the events. 

Online translation of the official ceremony will be going on at the website of the Alexandrinsky Theater; it will start at 19:00.

17.03.2015 The First “Kindness Box” Appeared in St. Petersburg
The Neva-FM Radio Station and the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater installed the first in St. Petersburg “Kindness Box” in the lobby of the theater in 49A Fontanka Embankment. The “Kindness
Box” on the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater is the place where all volunteers may bring clothes, shoes, books and stationary for adults in need and children from orphanages. The project had started in 2012 and has already proved that a kind initiative of one person can inspire many people. The Neva-FM Radio Station believes that the project can turn into an all-Russia one and offers St. Petersburg residents to be the first to pick up the torch of the “Kindness Box” and share clothes, shoes, books and stationary with those who need them very much. “We are glad to host the “Kindness Box” in our theater. It is very important for me and for all our team to maintain positive and constructive endeavors. The New Stage is open for kind deeds.” (Igor Troilin, First Deputy Director of the Alexandrinsky Theater). The theater is open for visitors from 12:00 to 23:00 daily. 



12.03.2015 The First Night of Re-Reading the Favorite Pages… Performance 

On March 14 and 15, 2015, the first night of People’s Artist of Russia Victor Smirnov’s performance Re-Reading the Favorite Pages…  will take place. This job continues the creative cycle of the Monologues in the Tsar’s Lobby started by People’s Artist of Russia Nickolay Marton’s Monologues produced in 2012 and continued by the performance of People’s Artist of Russia Igor Volkov An Anxious Box Keeper’s Sketch-Book (2013). Re-Reading the Favorite Pages… is an authorial composition of selected chapters of the Russian prose and poetry of the 19th and 20th century. The program includes: A. Chekhov’s short story The Husband and Mikhail Zoshchenko’s Misfortune; Alexander Pushkin’s lyrics The Fall (excerpt) and From Pindemonti; Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Conversation of the Landing Ships “The Soviet Dagestan” and “The Red Ablhasia” in the Odessa Harbor and Good Attitude to Horses; and Boris Kornilov’s Caspian Swell. The one-man show genre is one of the most difficult things in the actor’s art; only real masters of the stage, such ones as Victor Smirnov, a coryphaeus of the Alexandrinsky stage, can reach the top of the tree. His earlier one-man show Farewell, Russia! (1999), created after F.I. Chaliapin’s biographical prose A Masque and the Soul was a good proof to that. 

The performance will start at 15:00 at the Tsar’s Lobby. Tickets cost 400 rubles. Theater ticket booths are open daily from 11:00 till 19:00 with lunch break from 14:00 to 15:00; tel.: 312-15-45(Major Stage) and 401-53-41 (New Stage).


07.03.2015 Director Arseny Sagalchik Passed Away
On the night of March 6 to 7, Director, Honored Artist of Russia Arseny O. Sagalchik, 76, passed away after extended illness. Arseny O. Sagalchik had served at the Academy Pushkin Drama Theater since 1974 to 1986; he had directed V.F. Tendryakov’s Love and Concord (1974); K.M. Simonov’s From Lopatin’s Notes (1975); M. Gorky’s Children of the Sun (1976); A.P. Chekhov’s Ivanov (1978); A. Ostrovsky’s Talents and Admirers (1980); A. Salynsky’s Rumor (1983). He was the second director in D.Y. Khrabrovitsky’s While the Heart Is Beating (1977) (Director I.O. Gorbachev), and played the role of Pakhomov in I.M. Dvoretsky’s A Forest Veranda (1979, Director I.O. Gorbachev). In 1999, he had produced A. Pushkin’s tragedy Boris Godunov as a star director. Visitation will take place on March 13 at 11 a.m.; the service of burial will come to pass on March 13:00 in the Church of the Holy Image of the Saviour Not Made by Hands in Konyushennaya Square; he will be buried at the Komarovo Cemetery later in the day.

20.02.2015 First nights of "The Third Choice"
On February 21 and 23, 2015, the first nights of Valery Fokin’s performance The Third Choice after L. Tolstoy’s play The Living Corpse will take place on the historical stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater. The second edition of the performance continues director’s contemplations on the tragic relations of a human being with ruthless earth-fed reality prompting the hero to abandon this world. People’s Artist of Russia Pyotr Semak plays Fyodor Protasov, the key role for the production philosophy, in the new edition. This role became the second actor’s job on the Alexandrinsky stage. One of the brightest representatives of Lev Dodin’s school, he had debuted here in September 2014 in the role of Arbenin in Valery Fokin’s Masquerade. Recollections of the Future. 
Ticket costs vary from 200 to 1500 rubles. Theater ticket booths are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (lunch break from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.). Telephones: 312-15-45 (Main Stage), 401-53-41 (New Stage).


06.02.2015 Second City Contest for the Best Theater Review for High School Children
The School of Theater History of the St. Petersburg Academy of Theater Arts will hold the Second City Contest for the Best Theater Review for High School Children of 9-11 grades.  Applicants’ jobs will be admitted till March 15. You can find more information on participation in the contest on the website of the Academy of Theater Arts .  The Alexandrinsky Theater will provide those who have decided to write a review on one of the performances of the current repertoire with complimentary tickets to the performance. You can send applications to press@alexandrinsky.ru no later than three days before the date of the performance. 


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