The Mossovet State Academic Theatre tour of London


2014 was the year of the UK-Russia Year of Culture. The main objective of this global project was to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries through cultural exchange.

The list of events and projects of the UK-Russia Year of Culture included museum and movie projects, programmes on contemporary art, interaction in the fields of education and science, as well as theatrical exchanges.

As part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture, from April 23 to May 3, 2014, the Mossovet State Academic Theatre toured London. The famous Moscow theatre performed at Wyndham’s Theatre, with the sponsorship of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

The British audience and guests in London were able to see Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya.

Both of these Chekhov plays were staged by the legendary Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky. In his work, he usually adheres to the traditions of classical psychology. However, both in Three Sisters and in Uncle Vanya, the characters were interpreted with paradoxical and sometimes even sharply ironic intonations. This lent some of the classical monologues the most unexpected meanings, leading the spectator to rethink the plays and their embedded ideas in general.

Creating a complex scenic polyphony, the actors interpreted the long-familiar characters in a new light and experienced these famous dramatic stories afresh.

All of the performances were in Russian, with English subtitles.

Photos: Elena Lapina