the Theatre of Nations
The State Theatre of Nations is a unique phenomenon of Russian theatrical culture. Perhaps it is one of the most original and interesting theatres in Russia! We even can't call it traditional: it is a mighty cultural association with a scope of activities which couldn't be compared with anything else.
Looking for talented actors and the entire companies, organizing tours, carrying out a variety of festivals and staging exciting performances is just a part of activities of the State Theatre of Nations. Thanks to this theatre Russian and foreing spectators have an opportunity to meet world premieres and to get a fresh look at familiar plays. Just buy tickets to the Theatre of Nations!
History of the Theatre of Nations
The history of the State Theatre of Nations began in far 1987: that's when it was decided to establish the Theatre of Peoples' Friendship (that was the first name of the theatre). It has got a difficult and not usual task: to demonstrate talents of Russian artists and the leading teams from all over the world. Moreover the Theatre of Peoples' Friendship served as a tour desk organizing the performances of the best companies abroad.
The modern name of the State Theatre of Nations appeared in 1991, right after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It's interesting to know that the theatre didn’t have its own actors for more then twenty years: all of them are guest actors from different companies. The repertoire has very little of its own plays, however it has a great success among even pampered viewers.
Benefit performances of home and foreign artists are regulary held on the stage of the Theatre of Nations. These performances became the only opportunity for many viewers to look at the world celebrities. The huge number of different festivals was organized with the assistance of the Theatre. It allowed the audience to get acquainted with the theatrical heritage of Russia as well as the cultures of other countries. Each performance of the Theater of Nations is a real theatrical event!
It should be noted that the State Theatre of Nations performs both avant-garde plays of modern autors and classial arts productions based on the works of William Shakespeare and Anton Chekhov. It was Chekhov who inspired a unique project of the Theatre of Nations - "The festival of one play" which presented different variations of the play "Ivanov", the most beloved by audience. The project involved not only Russian but also foreign companies which presented their understanding of this theatrical Russian masterpiece.
The building of the State Theatre of Nations which is more than a hundred years old has been restored recently. Now this famous Russian theatre has everything for the most exciting productions: a convenient spacious stage, a comfortable hall and a powerful acoustics.
Here, on the updated stage of the Theatre of Nations the best Russian and international teams appear, so it is never deserted and desolate: rehearsals are constantly going on, new images are created, incredible scenarios are born. If you want to visit the most extraordinary Russian theatre, you should definitely buy tickets to the Theatre of Nations!