A cultural menu to fit every taste: this week’s theatre programme

A cultural menu to fit every taste: this week’s theatre programme
Is there a place for sci-fi mechanisms in classical ballet? What does the contemporary Pygmalion look like? How is the wolfman related to the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud? How to find happiness? These and other questions will be addressed by Moscow’s theatres this week. Mos.ru picked the most interesting performances.

Tango, rumba and a spectacular show in the operetta “Ball at the Savoy”

Date: 13 December

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Venue: The Moscow Operetta Theatre at 6 Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street

For audiences of 6 and over

A stunning show with catchy melodies, unexpected plot twists, a bright stage set and costumes awaits comers to the operetta “Ball at the Savoy” by Hungarian composer Paul Abraham.

The operetta was written in the early 1930s, when new musical styles were in fashion. The operetta features the waltz, tango, foxtrot and even rumba and step dance.

The operetta was first staged in Berlin in 1932; it was one of the last examples of classical operetta, which was succeeded by musicals.

Ball at the Savoy” was staged at the Moscow Operetta Theatre by Tatyana Konstantinova.

Feelings as a reward for patience in the play “War and Peace. Princess Maria”

Date: 14 December

Time: 7 pm – 10.15 pm

Venue: Armen Dzhigarkhanian’s Moscow Drama Theatre, 17 Lomonosovsky Prospekt

For audiences of 12 and over

An unusual play about the importance of having hope for a better future.

The play centres on the life of Princess Maria, a quiet but smart woman who humbly hopes for future happiness. The young woman is forced to live a boring, slow-paced life in the house of her father, Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky.

Maria’s life is not affected by historical events or other people’s personal life, such as the war, love and the marriage of her brother. But she genuinely delights in other people’s happiness and sympathises with their grief. Eventually, love finds her, and she experiences an entire range of emotions.


Clownery and Charlie Chaplin’s films in the comedy “London Show”

Date: 15 December

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Venue: The Planet KVN Moscow Youth Theatre, 2 Sheremetyevskaya Street

For audiences of 18 and over

Konstantin Raikin based his comedy “London Show” on Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” The performance features music from Charlie Chaplin’s films to emphasise the author’s witty sense of humour. Drama scenes are exaggerated and are built on contrasts. At the end of this story of an “urban Cinderella,” arrogance and egoism get the punishment they deserve.

The play was premiered in 2013.

Doctor Freud’s secrets and dramas in the play “Wolfman”

Date: 16 December

Time: 7 pm – 9.45 pm

Venue: The U Nikitskikh Vorot Theatre (new stage), 23/14/9 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street

For audiences of 16 and over

This story, full of erotic secrets, passions, obsessions and dramatics, is a drama about a man who thought he was a wolf. Sigmund Freud cured him, but what happened next?

Doctor Freud is the main character of this play, but he is not listed as one. Characters talk to him in their minds, agree and disagree, and quote his words. Spectators witness the inner struggle between the wolf and the man. Who will win this struggle?

People’s Artist of Russia Mark Rozovsky is the author and stage director.

A robotic doll and French motives in the ballet “Coppelia”

Date: 16 December

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Venue: The Kolobov New Opera Moscow Theatre, 3/2 Karetny Ryad Street

For audiences of 6 and over

The ballet “Coppelia” will feature dancers from the Stage Academic Theatre of Classical Ballet led by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov. The music was written by French composer Leo Delibes.

The performance will be surprising in many ways. For instance, it will involve the creation of a movable robotic doll, sci-fi mechanisms and an unusual stage set.

Times and fates in the play “Berdichev”

Date: 17 December

Time: 6 pm – 9.15 pm

Venue: The Mayakovsky Moscow Academic Theatre, 19/13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street

For audiences of 16 and over

The play “Berdichev” shows the post-war life in the period of 1945-1975. It is centred on the life of two sisters, Rakhil and Zlota, and their family. They sew dresses, argue with each other, curse, make jam and cook soups. Vilya, a naughty teenager, lives with the sisters and never misses a chance to curse at them and hurt them.

The stage set features the Soviet life style: a Singer sewing machine, a dining table, beds with iron bars and even the Berdichev water tower.

Emotional tumult in the play “A Month in the Country”

Date: 17 December

Time: 6 pm – 9.30 pm

Venue: The New Moscow Drama Theatre, 2 Prokhodchikov Street

For audiences of 16 and over

The story of rich landlord Arkady Islayev and his wife Natalya is shown in Ivan Turgenev’s play “A Month in the Country.”

The characters are enjoying good weather, being with family and close friends, and the tranquility of life, but something happens making the well-known surroundings turn into something confusing and wrong.

Natalya is not happy with her close friend who has long been in unrequited love with her. Her growing son reminds her of her passing youth. Her husband spends days and nights with his new hobby.

A month ago, nothing bothered Natalya, but now she is facing an unknown future. She suffers from emotional distress and is attracted by the new source of light – a man, a student and her son’s new teacher.

Is Natalya in love with him? What should she do to find a way out of this situation? Should she return to a slow-paced urban life which would not bring any happiness?

The play was premiered on 19 December 2015.

Friendship and hope in the play “Her Friends”

Date: 18 December

Time: 12 noon – 2 pm

Venue: The Gorky Moscow Academic Art Theatre, 22 Tverskoi Boulevard

For all audiences

Her Friends” was the first play of Soviet playwright Viktor Rozov, who wrote it in 1949. It is a sweet story of 10th-grader Lyudmila who is losing her sight. Her friends and teachers helped her to keep her courage, graduate from school and enrol in university.

The audience will see a touching story of friendship and first love that gives hope for a better future.


Opera “The Stone Guest,” a medieval thriller about love

Date: 18 December

Time: 2 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue: The Russian State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, 1 Teatralnaya Square

For audiences of 12 and over

The story of Seville aristocrat Don Juan is one of the most popular theatre plots. Various authors showed the transformation of the character from a pleasure seeker to a philosopher, from a sceptic to a neurotic, from a nonconformist to a fervent lover. They showed him as a conqueror and a decadent, an overman and a dreamer. He was cursed and then forgiven; he challenged the universe and did penance. Each era has its own interpretation of the character. Sometimes, the new image of Don Juan opened a new era in art, and often was used as an art manifesto.

The same happened to the opera “The Stone Guest” by Alexander Dargomyzhsky, one of the innovative operas of the second half of the 19th century, based on the play of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. The composer came up with the idea in 1863, but only began writing the opera three years later: he said he was afraid of such an unusual task.

The producers call the opera “a medieval thriller about the true love.”