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.
On May 26, 2020, the charity streaming of ‘The Highway Drama. Trial Proceedings’ online performance premiere commences at 7 p.m. The streaming tracks forward the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s fresh multi-format series ‘The Scene Revised’.
Boris Akunin flares as the author of the idea and the playwright, while Valery Fokin acts as the artistic mentor of the series. On May 26, 2020, eminent figures of art and science will form the panel of jurors, including The Drama Theatre On Malaya Bronnaya’s Principal Director Konstantin Bogomolov, People's Artist of Russia Maria Mironova, pianist Polina Osetinskaya, writer Tatiana Tolstaya, journalist and public figure Nikolai Svanidze.
Spectators will enjoy The Alexandrinsky Theatre company’s members - People's Artists of Russia Igor Volkov and Pyotr Semak, as well as Tikhon Zhiznevskii, Viktor Shuralev, Aleksandr Lushin, Anna Blinova, Stepan Balakshin, Sergei Mardar – star as trial participants.
The online performance premiere will be streamed in The Alexandrinsky Theatre’s official VKontakte community and on the Theatre’s official website.
On December 13, 14 and 15 Nikolai Roshchin’s ‘Mayakovsky. The Bathhouse’ premieres at the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Main Stage.
The production of a play by Vladimir Mayakovsky ‘The Bathhouse’ is a long-time creative intention of the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Principal Director. This is going to be Nikolai Roshchin’s second rendition of this play after January 2017 production for the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. Although bearing new spacial and designing solutions, suitable for the Main Stage, the production, however, preserves original concepts of Meyerhold’s theatre – uniform costumes, atmosphere of a three-ring circus and tragic carnival – all rethought in a contemporary-theatre expression.
The cast stars: Stepan Balakshin; People's Artist of the Russian Federation Igor Volkov; Honoured Artists of the Russian Federation Elena Zimina, Sergei Kuznetsov, Elena Nemzer; Sergei Mardar, Dmitry Belov, Dmitry Girev, Valery Stepanov, Andrei Matyukov, Andrei Kalinin, Nikita Barsukov, People's Artist of Ukraine Yevgeny Kapitonov et al.
Performances start at 7:00 p.m.
On September 3 and 4, 2019, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre hoists premiere of ‘Power to the Children’, directed by Nikolai Roshchin and Andrei Kalinin. The play (originally: ‘Victor, or Power to the Children’) by Roger Vitrac, French poet and playwright, is regarded as the most staged surrealistic French play.
The cast features Ilya Del, Stepan Balakshin, Elena Zimina, Anna Seledets, Elena Nemzer, Andrei Matyukov, Olesya Sokolova, Sergei Mardar, Elena Vozhakina, Andrei Kalinin, Aleksei Demidchik.
Two lectures accompany the premiere of ‘Power to the Children’: ‘Delusion as the major drama tool (Roger Vitrac and the surrealism)’ by Vadim Maksimov, theatre historian with an emphasis on French theatre (September 2); ‘Surrealism in the cinematography’ by Mikhail Trofimenkov, film critic and film historian (September 3).
On August 30, 2019 264th season opened at the Alexandrinsky Theatre
A solemn flower-laying ceremony in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul fortress on the tombs of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna marked the occasion. The former gave the Theatre birth on August 30, 1756 while the latter gave the Theatre her name in 1832.
A series of events took place in the Theatre’s venues the same day: company’s meeting; press-conference of the Theatre’s Artistic Director Valery Fokin (beginning at 1:00 am); presentation of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna’s bust by Zurab Tsereteli; demonstration of re-designed New Stage usher’s uniform, sketched by Valentin Yudashkin; presentation of the river-tour ‘Alexandrinsky Theatre in the history of Saint Petersburg’.