The immortal comedy of the Russian writer and diplomat is already two centuries old. The play not only sold out in quotes, but is still in demand in theaters. In the Norilsk drama, this will be the first production of Woe from Wit, on which Vladimir Zolotar is working. Critics refer him to a rare category of real main directors – theater builders. Now Vladimir Zolotar is ‘building’ a theater in Ulyanovsk. The nominee for the Golden Mask 2019 had previously crossed paths with the northernmost theater only at Siberian Transit festival, where Zolotar received major awards twice, including for Artistic Search.
After Woe from Wit, in November, Norilsk residents will see the premiere of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Anna Babanova. Recall that the Norilsk drama chief director’s first work as a director was Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
A fairy tale will end the calendar year on the big stage. Director Timur Fairuzov will stage the myths of ancient Greece for a children’s audience in the processing of Evgeny Stashkov. Head of the theater in Achinsk, playwright, artist, musician has already collaborated with Timur Fairuzov. New Year’s performance Sadko. Fables, for which Stashkov wrote a play in verse, delighted not only children, but also adults. The new production of the duet Stashkov – Fairuzov is called Grandfather Chronos’s Tales.
Roman Gabria, the St. Petersburg Masterskaya theatre’s chief director, will stage Moliere’s Don Juan. The premiere is scheduled for the end of February.
The baton from Don Juan will be taken by another hero of Moliere – Tartuffe. The comedy about a hypocrite and a deceiver will be staged by one of the most famous choreographers in the theater world. The Norilsk audience has known Nikolay Reutov for a long time. The Rain Seller, staged in 2011, is still kept in the repertoire. This is not the first time the choreographer, plastic director, actor tries on the director role, but it will be his first time on the Norilsk stage.
Honored Artist of Russia Alexander Isakov will continue his collaboration with the Norilsk drama in the new season. His musical Eliza closed the 81st creative season in the northernmost theater and will open the 82nd one on September 15th. For almost a year, Bulgakov’s Crazy Jourdain staged by a director from St. Petersburg has been on the big stage. This time, Isakov will stage a Russian classic – Alexander Ostrovsky’s There is Enough Stupidity for Every Wise Man.
In June, at the closing, the Norilsk people will see the Elephant based on the play by Alexander Kopkov, which was repressed in its time. The playwright died at the front in 1942, and only two plays remained after him. Timur Fairuzov is working on the production.
The theater plans to take part in the Theater Spring and the Novo-Siberian Transit festivals, as well as tours to St. Petersburg and Ulyanovsk.
Text: Valentina Vachayeva, Photo: Alexander Haritonov