Playbill and tickets
Chuk and Gek is the second performance directed by Patlasov at the New Stage. The first one is Noise based on a documentary play by Ekaterina Bondarenko.
The new performance by Patlasov is based on the Chuk and Gek novel by Arkady Gaidar, the writer’s diaries, and documented memories of those who have been prosecuted for political reasons and survived through Stalin’s camps. Those memories were documented by Andrei Sovlachkov and Alina Shklyarskaya, the playwrights of the project.
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography: M. Petipa, L. Ivanov and A. Gorsky, revised by M. Messerer
Stage Design: V. Okunev
Artistic Director of St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre: E. Menshikova
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.
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.