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Repertoire / Main Stage / THE MARRIAGE 12+
 

Nikolai Gogol

Directed by: Peoples Artist of Russia, Laureate of State Awards of Russia: Valery Fokin
Scenic and costume designer: Distinguished Artist of Russia, Laureate of State Award of Russia Alexandr Borovsky
Music: Laureate of State Award of Russia Leonid Desyatnikov
Musical Director/ Assistant Director: Distinguished Artist of Russia Ivan Blagoder
Lightning Designer: Distinguished Worker of Culture of Russia Damir Ismagilov
Plastic Arts: Alexey Miroshnichenko
Assistant Director: Ludmila Filippova

This performance is laureate of the Russian National Golden Mask Theater Award and Festival in the nominations The Best Directors Work and The Best Artists Work.

The following songs will sound in the performance: Beloved Eyes (lyrics: K. Seitliev, music: A.Babayev, orchestration: L. Desyatnikov), Come Back (lyrics: G. Gegistan, music: V. Lyudvikovsky, orchestration: L. Desyatnikov), Migrating Birds Are Passing By (lyrics: M. Isakovsky, music: M. Blanter).

Cast:

Agafya Tikhonovna, Bride

Yulia MARCHENKO,

Distinguished Artist of Russia
Natalia PANINA

Arina Panteleymonovna, Aunt

Distinguished Artist of Russia
Elena LIPETS

Fyokla Ivanovna, Match Maker

Distinguished Artist of Russia
Maria KUZNETSOVA

Podkolyolsin, Clerk

Distinguished Artist of Russia
Igor VOLKOV

Kochkaryov, Friend of Podkolyolsin

Dmitry LYSENKOV
Alexander POLAMISHEV
yaichnitsa (Omelet), executor

Pavel YURINOV

Anuchkin, Retired Officer

Andrey MATUKOV

Zhevakin, Saylor

Valentin ZAKHAROV

Dunyashka, House Girl

Yulia SOKOLOVA
Starikov, Merchant Distinguished Artist of Russia
Arkady VOLGIN

Young Man from Gostiny Dvor

Svyatoslav CHERESHNICHENKO

Stepan, Podkolyolsins Servant

Ivan PARSHIN

Tikhon ZHIZNEVSKY

Panteleev, clerk

Galina YEGOROVA
Lyubov BUTYRSKAYA

The scenic life of this Gogols comedy had started on the Alexandrinsky Stage precisely 155 years ago. In that original premiere performance the role of Podkolyosin was impersonated by the great Russian actor Alexander Martynov. Since that time, The Marriage along with The Inspector General had always adorned the billboards of the theater.

 

 



Interpretation of Gogols plays has always defined the creative tune of the theater troupe and turned into its manifests. The Artistic Director of the Alexandrinsky Stage, Valery Fokin, also addressed The Marriage shortly after The Inspector General. Gogols heritage has been a source of inspiration for Fokin for many years. The current premiere is taking place in advance of the 200th jubilee of the writer.

 

 


Valery Fokin is revealing in his performance the acute conflict of the hero striving to preserve his personal world with the getting more and more absurd, nearly carrousel, guise of the reality. This reality provokes a person to accomplish the most unbelievable tricks and participate in awkward amusements as if imposed by devilry. The very history of this simultaneous suiting of six bride grooms after Agafia Tikhonovna Kuperdyagina looks like such an amusement; this merchants daughter cannot find a suitable choice enjoying the entire complex of human merits even in her dreams.

 

 


The image of this opening alternatively from outside and inside carousel created by a prominent master of scenography Alexander Borovsky stresses the active dynamics of transfers from the world of inner fantasies of the character nestling on a comfortable, almost Oblomovs style, sofa, into the external unfriendly and unstable world, where the character feels himself extremely unsure.

The performance goes with one intermission. Play Duration 2 h.30 min.

The first night took place on January 18, 2008

 
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