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Vakhtangov Drama Theater in Moscow
December 10, 2016 12:50


In the heart of the famous Arbat Street there is a large, column decorated building well-known to generations of Muscovites. This building belongs to the Vakhtangov Theatre, which has become the cultural center of the historical area of ​​Moscow.
The Vakhtangov Theater is inseparable from centuries of Russian culture in its work and at the same time adheres to the covenant of its founder, the great stage director Yevgeny Vakhtangov, to tackle the issues of the present day.
The Vakhtangov Theatre is a combination of bright forms and deep contents; it is a variety of genres, from classical tragedy to mischievous vaudeville; it is a great company of actors well-known in Russia and abroad.
The Vakhtangov Theater has long won the hearts of millions of viewers in Russia, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, China, Hungary, Spain, the USA, Canada and many other countries.
The Vakhtangov Theatre is already 95 years old. The secret of its longevity lies in the young fervor of its actors and directors (luminaries and beginners alike), in its efforts to grasp the complex ethical problems and awaken kind feelings, as well as in its multi-color theatrics creativity.
"There is no play without celebrating"
That was the motto of the famous Moscow stage director Yevgeny Vakhtangov while creating the stage play that would later become the symbol of the new theater, a classic and a true school of acting - Princess Turandot after the fairytale by Carlo Gozzi.
Unfortunately Yevgeny Vakhtangov fell seriously ill and could not even show up at the premiere. The play was  a resounding success, which surpassed all expectations. From the book titled Vakhtangov Theater:
"Just before dying, he staged a play of such incredible life power, so happily triumphant, that it seemed there's no death - Vakhtangov overcame it in art."
Yevgeny Vakhtangov kept his precepts throughout the entire artistic career - and so his theatre has always been as festive and celebrating as the legendary performance.
In addition to the concept of celebrating Yevgeny Vakhtangov adhered to specific principles in working with texts, actors, and finally, with the audience. Consolidating the ideas of love and boon of life, conveying human harmony through actors' performance - that's what distinguished the famous stage director, a student of Stanislavsky and supporter of his Method.
Nowadays the Vakhtangov Theater is headed by the well-known stage director Rimas Tuminas of Lithuanian origin. Russian classics, such as Chekhov, Griboyedov, Lermontov and others provide the material and inspiration for his play productions. The modern master's style is defined by critics as ironic and mysterious...
Today Vakhtangov Theatre is one of the leaders in the capital city of Russia. It also has a Small Hall, which houses experimental chamber music performances. The repertoire is very diverse here: from the classics (Yuri Lyubimov) to modern stars of stage directing (Yury Butusov, Vladimir Mirzoyev, Michael Tsitrinyak and others)
The Vakhtangov Theatre is located at the address: 26, Arbat Street, next to  the Arbatskaya and Smolenskaya metro stations.
See details on the theatre's website




Author: Vera Ivanova

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