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Theatre of Nations

Author: Margarita Zieda0 COMMENTS

Theatre of Nations

Having operated for ten years without its own building, the Theatre of Nations moved into a newly renovated edifice last year, furnished with the most modern light and stage equipment, right in the heart of the Russian capital. This theatre is unique in the respect that it has no resident acting company or directors. It produces new works, employing the most talented artists, directors and set designers from both Russia and abroad. Known as the Theatre of People's Friendship during the Soviet era, it received a new impetus after gaining its current name, which coincided with the establishment of active collaboration with foreign talents all over the world. Aside from its own productions, the theatre hosts guest performances within the framework of international festivals, placing emphasis on innovation and creativity, which also applies to the showing of age-old classics.

The freshly reconstructed Theatre of Nations building is also a historical monument. Due to its peculiar architecture, it is popularly known as Теремок or the Little House, a term derived from a well-known Russian folk tale. It was originally built in the late 19th-century as the Korsch Theatre, the first privately-run theatre in Russia. The best Russian actors performed there and it was also the first theatre in Russia to be equipped with electric lighting. Famous Russian dramaturge Anton Chekhov wrote a play named Ivanov for the Korsch Theatre, which had commissioned a work from the author.

The viewers' section has retained its historical appearance and the new chairs are faithful copies of the originals. Set in subdued grey tones and without any fancy visual features, this section was designed to ensure that the audience's attention is devoted to the events onstage.

Театр наций
Петровский пер., 3
м. Пушкинская, Чеховская
www.theatreofnations.ru

12/2011

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