The Moscow Sovremennik Theatre


The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is the general partner of the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre.

The star of this ever contemporary theatre was raised in 1956, in the turbulent years of exposing Stalin’s personality cult, when a group of young actors managed to defend the theatre’s integrity and the right to express modern and free creative ideas and views.

The founders of the Sovremennik were Oleg Yefremov, Galina Volchek, Igor Kvasha, Lilia Tolmacheva, Evgeniy Yevstigneev, Oleg Tabakov and others — then just a group of recent graduates of the Moscow Art Theatre who sought to create a living, psychological theatre, with sincere and plausible heroes, topical issues and aspirations. From today’s perspective, it can safely be said that their wish has come true: the theatre whose heart still beats the pulse of the time, has lived more than half a century of triumphant life, giving its audience dozens of unrivalled performances and nurturing many great actors. Of more than a hundred performances staged at the theatre over all the years of its existence, nearly two-thirds were written by the authors especially for Sovremennik and first saw the spotlight on its stage.

It was here that the plays of Ludmila Petrushevskaya, Alexander Galin, Vladimir Gurkin, Nikolay Kolyada and many others were first brought to life and are to this day still played and enjoyed all across Russia and the world.