On May 1, 1931 the Chechen National Studio Theatre was founded by the Decree of the Council of People's Commissars of the Chechen Autonomous Region. 45 people, mostly amateur actors, including 9 women, were recruited to the studio. At that time it was a revolution, for the first time in the history of Chechnya a woman performed together with a man on the stage of a theater. On June 27, 1933, the studio theater was renamed the Chechen National Theatre.
In 1934 the studio was renamed the Chechen-Ingush National Theatre. Since its creation, the theater has contributed to the development of the culture of its people and made its distinctive contribution to all-Russian theatrical culture. Honorary titles, Russian State Prizes, and achievements at all-Union and all-Russian festivals are vivid proof of the theater's significance and relevance. The popularity and fame of the theater was formed by several generations of actors, directors, playwrighters.
On December 30, 1942, the theater was renamed the Khanpasha Nuradilov Chechen-Ingush Drama Theatre after the Hero of the Soviet Union.
In the 1960s and 1980s the creative staff was periodically replenished with graduates of leading theater universities in Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi and Voronezh. The pupils of the outstanding theatrical figures M. Minayev, I. Savelyev, V. Strzelchik, G. Tovstonogov, M. Sulimov, S. Gushansky, V. Yakut, V. Merkuryev and V. Andreev, while adhering to the principles of the Russian psychological school of theater, borrowed the experience of Chechen artists, enriching the creative palette of the theater.
From 1978 to 1987 the Ingush troupe at the Kh. Nuradilov Chechen-Ingush Theatre worked actively and staged many good productions. In 1987 the Ingush State Drama Theater was established. In 1989 the Chechen-Ingush Theatre was renamed the Kh. Nuradilov Chechen State Drama Theatre. Thus two national theaters - the Chechen and Ingush - were created from the Vainakh theater.
In 1999, the building of the theater was completely destroyed and fighting was going on. The Drama Theater was forced to become one of the refugees, but it did not stop its activities. At the cost of enormous efforts, despite losses in the troupe, the actors kept the theater alive.
In 2003, the Kh. Nuradilov Chechen State Drama Theatre resumed its creative activity.
In 2008, Khava Lolievna Akhmadova was appointed artistic director of the theater and concert hall. On August 23, 2008, the grand opening of the magnificent, restored theater and concert hall, destroyed during the war period, took place.
In 2014, Khava Akhmadova's “Serlo” Theater became part of the Kh. Nuradilov Chechen State Drama Theater. Khava Akhmadova's work has become a bright page in the history of Chechen theater art. The only woman director in the republic, she managed to breathe new life into the Chechen Theatre in a short period of time, having taken charge of it in October 2014.
At the XIV International Alexandrinsky Festival on September 25, 2023, the Khanpasha Nuradilov Chechen State Drama Theatre will present Othello directed by Roman Markholia; on September 26, 2023, the Alexandrinsky Theatre will present To the Mountains After You directed by Khava Akhmadova (Main Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre).