‘The Golden Mask’ Russian National Theatre Award (season 2018-2019) for Drama/Best Actor category was given to actor Ivan Volkov for his role of Cyrano de Bergerac in Nikolai Roshchin’s production of the same name.
On October 8 and 9, 2020, Andriy Zholdak’s new production ‘Nana’, loosely based on the novel by Emile Zola of the same name, premieres at the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. This is not the first Andriy Zholdak’s production for the Theatre, but his first attempt at the New Stage.
One can hardly expect this staging to be a verbatim tracking of Zola’s novel storyline with Parisian courtesan Nana as a central character. For Zholdak, the plot is just a starting point of the journey to the dimension of theatrical visions, fantasies, inducements, where one can get to the very core of the human psyche.
The production features Anna Blinova, Elena Vozhakina, Honoured Artist of Russia Semyon Sytnik, Ivan Efremov, Aleksander Mitskevich, Viktor Shuralev, Igor Mosyuk, Polina Teplyakova, Honoured Artist of Russia Sergei Kuznetsov, Anna Seledets, Vasilisa Alekseeva, Andrei Matyukov, Elizaveta Kobzar, Filipp Bayandin, Stepan Balakshin and others.
On August 30, 2020, a newly-released ‘Alexandrinsky Theatre Encyclopedia’ was presented in the Tsar’s Lobby of the Alexandrinsky Theatre.
The edition was presented to the public and press by the Deputy Artistic Director of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, professor Alexander Chepurov. This is the first ever encyclopedic edition that provides most detailed and profound collection of Russia oldest state theatrical company’s actors’ and directors’ biographies from its foundation in the XVIII century, to date. Documents from archives, museums and right from the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s collections were the basis for the Encyclopedia. Over fifty authors took part in composition of the book - members of country’s largest scientific and cultural institutions, renowned Russian scientists and young theatre historians.
On July 30, 2020, the jury of an acclaimed international organisation IPRA (International Public Relations Association) announced the winners of its Golden World Awards for Excellence. Winning the ‘Arts and entertainment – Inhouse’ category, Theatre Olympics 2019 is recognized as the best project of the year.
On June 1, 2020, the Alexandrinsky Theatre wraps up the 264th season, which will for sure remain one of the most memorable season’s in the history of Russia’s oldest and leading theatre company.
From the day of its foundation on the 30th of August, 1756, by an order of the Russian Senate, eventually signed by Empress Elizabeth, the prime state-owned professional drama chapel of Russia has served as the ultimate cultural frontier of the Russian national stage. In 2020 the predestined and current role of the Alexandrinsky Theatre was stately confirmed by assigning the new title: National Drama Theatre of Russia (Alexandrinsky Theatre).
Finishing the 2019/2020 season in the course of the COVID-19 epidemic, the theatre closes its doors one month prior the settled dates. Eventually, the Theatre season’s closing events were re-arranged all over as well significantly.
The Alexandrinsky Theatre’s 265th season will officially open on August 30, 2020.