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Molodezhny (Youth) Theatre on Fontanka


Categories / Art/Music, Theatre/Theaters, Concert Organizations

MOLODEZHNY (YOUTH) THEATRE ON FONTANKA, founded in 1979 by director V.A. Malyshchitsky (main director in 1979-83), a leader of the Russian studio movement. Served as experimental grounds for the search of new theatrical forms. Aside from professional actors, the theatre company was joined by many amateur actors of the theatrical studio of the Leningrad Institute for Railway Engineers. The Youth Theatre opened in 1980 with the performance of The Hundred Bestuzhev Brothers (B.A. Goller). Among its best-known productions were Sotnikov (based on V.V. Bykov's book) and The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years (based on C.T. Aytmatov's book), featuring principal actors V.I. Frolov, N.N. Usatova, and Y.F. Ovsyanko. In 1983-89 E.M. Padve acted as the theatre's main director. His productions include Music was Played in the Garden (a performance-concert), Cyrano de Bergerac (based on E. Rostand's book), Duck Hunting (A.V. Vampilov), and The Road to Little Dot (J. Steinbeck), and featuring principal actors A.M. Slivnikov, O.V. Melikhova, and A.V. Chaban. S.Y. Spivak became the theatre's main director in 1989 and its artistic director in 1992. Some of the Molodoy (Young) Theatre's performances staged by Spivak, such as Tango by S. Mrozhek, 1988, became part of the Youth Theatre's repertoire. Among Spivak's productions at the Molodezhny (Youth) Theatre are The Would-Be Gentleman (J.-B. Moliere , 1989), Madame de Sade (Y. Mishima, 1997), Killer Whale (A.N. Tolstoy, 1999), The Lark (J. Anouilh, 2001), The Holy Terrors (J. Cocteau, 2002). Directors such as A.V. Galibin, V.A. Tumanov and R.G. Viktyuk collaborate with the Youth Theatre. The company's principal actors include N.V. Dmitrieva, V.A. Kukhareshin, T.A. Grigoryeva, A.B. Oding, S.D. Barkovsky, Z.Y. Buryak, and M.G. Chernyak. The Molodezhny (Youth) Theatre is situated on the territory of Izmailovsky Garden (116 Fontanka River Embankment), in the former Buff entertainment theatre-garden. The hall features 300 seats.

References: Золотницкий Д. Нескучный сад на Фонтанке: (В Молодеж. театре) // В конце восьмидесятых: (На ленингр. сцене): Сб. науч. тр. Л., 1989. С. 74-87; Попов Л. В. Единство времени и места. СПб., 2002.

N. V. Dyachenko.

Persons
Anouilh Jean
Aytmatov Chingiz
Barkovsky Sergey Dmitrievich
Buryak Zoya Yurievna
Bykov Vasily Vladimirovich
Chaban Alexander V.
Chernyak Mikhail Gennadievich
Cocteau Jean
Dmitrieva Natalia Vladimirovna
Frolov Vasily I.
Galibin Alexander Vladimirovich
Goller B.A.
Grigoryeva Tatyana Alexandrovna
Kukhareshin Valery Alexandrovich
Malyshchitsky Vladimir Afanasievich
Melikhova Olga V.
Mishima Yukio
Moliere Jean-Baptiste
Mrozhek Slavomir
Oding Alla Borisovna
Ovsyanko Yury F.
Padve Efim Mikhailovich
Rostand Edmond
Slivnikov Anatoly Mikhailovich
Spivak Semen Yakovlevich
Steinbeck John Ernst
Tolstoy Alexey Nikolaevich
Tumanov Vladimir Anatolievich
Usatova Nina Nikolaevna
Vampilov Alexander Valentinovich
Viktyuk Roman Grigorievich

Addresses
Fontanka River Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city, house 116

Bibliographies
Золотницкий Д. И. Нескучный сад на Фонтанке: (В Молодеж. театре) // В конце восьмидесятых: (На ленингр. сцене): Сб. науч. тр. Л., 1989
Попов Л. В. Единство времени и места: [театр девяностых]. СПб., 2002

The subject Index
Railway University

Chronograph
1979


Buff, theatre

BUFF, the name of several Petersburg musical theatres (from the Italian: opera buffa is comic opera). The first Theatre-Buff was opened in the garden of the Anichkov Palace (today known as the Recreation Garden) on Nevsky Prospect in 1872

Drama Theatre (entry)

DRAMA THEATRE. The performances of the theatre of Tsar Peter the Great's sister, Tsarevna Natalia Alexeevna (from 1714) can be considered as the first attempts to establish a standing public theatre in St. Petersburg

Izmailovsky Garden

IZMAILOVSKY GARDEN is situated in the centre of St. Petersburg, between No 114 and 116а Fontanka River Embankment and Derzhavina Lane. The Polsky Garden is located to the west of the lane. The Izmailovsky Garden is 1.3 hectares in size