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The performance was the winner of the GOLDEN MASK Russian National Theatre Award in the Best Artist’s Work (Semyon Pastukh, Scenic Design) and Best Supporting Actor (Nikolai Marton as the Stranger) categories.
This large-scale project created by the Alexandrinsky Theatre Artistic Director, Valery Fokin, was the opening event at the 8th International Theatre Festival, which was also the year of Mikhail Lermontov’s 200th anniversary.
As Russia’s oldest national theatre, the Alexandrinsky stage has always been the place to perform the works of the important contemporary writers. In that respect, the new performance of Marat Gatsalov of a latest novel of a famous Russian contemporary writer continues this Alexandrinsky Theatre tradition.
Valery Fokin, who is rightly considered one of the best contemporary authorities on Nikolay Gogol’s works, turns to The Inspector General for the third time. This Alexandrinsky Theatre project, however, is special. This is the stage where Gogol’s comedy first premiered on April 19, 1836, with Nikolay Gogol himself taking an active part in the staging of his play.
This is not Nikolai Roshchin’s first attempt to stage a play by Gozzi. Back in 2011 he staged The Raven at the A.R.T.O. theatre, turning down the festive design characteristic of commedia dell’arte purposefully. In 2001 Nikolai Roshchin put on the play The Stag King (Russian Academic Youth Theatre, Moscow, 2001) which was recognized as one of the best Gozzi’s performances on the Russian stage. This rendering brought the director the Smoktunovsky Award and the Moscow Critics’ Association Award.
The Sunstroke is Irina Keruchenko’s second work in the Alexandrinsky Theatre. In her new work, the director follows Bunin’s idea that love is the essence of earthly happiness and the short moment of ultimate concentration of a man’s life force that burns him up. She continues to explore the philosophy of the feeling.