#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The first honorary people were called the former Norilsk people who had made a great contribution to the formation of the city and the Norilsk combine. Vsevolod Lukyanov’s contribution was associated with the development of the Norilsk polar theater.
Lukyanov arrived in the village of Norilsk three years after the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, in 1948. Artist of the Saratov youth theater in 1941 volunteered for the front. He returned home with military awards.
The theater in Norilsk became the third in the artist’s biography. In 1956, when Norilsk ceased to be a forced labor camp, a decree was issued on conferring the title of honored artists, including Lukyanov. The role of Lenin, which glorified him, was just over a year later. This happened in November 1957 in the Efim Gelfand’s production Kremlin Chimes. Since that time, a tradition to celebrate the anniversary of the October Revolution with a Leninist premiere emerged in the theater. In 1971, Vsevolod Lukyanov was the first in the history of the theater to be awarded the title of people’s artist of the RSFSR.
Lukyanov took the role seriously and, according to him, was in no hurry to debunk Vladimir Ilyich for himself. With particular pleasure he played in comedies and fairy tales and often staged them as a director.
In 25 Norilsk years, the future honorary citizen of the city played more than a hundred roles. In 1961, on the stage of the Norilsk polar theater, the premiere of a play based on Mayakovsky’s play The Bedbug directed by Gelfand took place with great success with Vsevolod Lukyanov as Prisypkin. After that performance, the theater was named after Mayakovsky.
After Norilsk, people’s artist of the RSFSR successfully served in the Omsk Drama for two decades. In Omsk, Vsevolod Konstantinovich became an honorary citizen of Norilsk.
Read other materials of our photo project about the history of Norilsk, its inhabitants and the Norilsk combine in the History spot section.