In 1756 Elizaveta Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great, issued an edict establishing the State Russian Theatre in St.Petersburg. The company consisted mostly of amateur actors from Yaroslavl' headed by the legendary Fyodor Volkov whose portrait hangs near a copy of the edict.
In the first half of the 19th century theatre in Russia developed very rapidly. The legendary Inspector General by Gogol was first performed in the Alexandrinsky Theatre on April 19, 1836, but was rarely staged during the rest of the century.
Actors were the central figures in the Russian theatre up to the turn of the 20th century, when directors took the leading role. Vsevolod Meyerhold is certainly one of the greatest directors of the 1st half of the century.
The exhibition covers the history of the Russian theatre from its beginning up to the middle of the 20th century. The Museum's three halls have on display most precious materials: set and costume designs by A.Golovin, M.Dobuzhinsky, S.Sudeikin, B.Kustodiev, K.Malevich, set models, scenery, photographs, private belongings
When: Thursday, 25 April 2019
Time: 10:45 (start of the excursion at 11:00), 1 hour
Where: 6 Ostrovsky Sq, closest metro is Gostiny Dvor
Participants: min. 6 - max. 25
Costs: 200 rub. a person for the entrance ticket + 2000 rub. for the excursion (shared by all participants).