The Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theatre

2, Zamkovaya Street, Vitebsk

Constructed in 1958, the modern building of the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theatre is situated in Millennium Square. The main facade of the theatre is an eight-column Doric portico with a triangle fronton. The flank facades are decorated with pilasters. The rear façade is a four-column portico. The three-circle theatre auditorium with pit stalls and two galleries holds 758 people.

The theatre troupe was founded in 1926. During World War II it moved to work in the Russian cities of Uralsk and Orekhovo-Zuevo. In 1944, when the theater returned to Vitebsk, it was named after Yakub Kolas. Its performance based on Vitaly Volsky’s “Nesterka” became its trademark.

In 1985, a puppet troupe was created at the theatre. Five years later, it separated itself from the theatre and became known as the Belarusian Theatre “Lyalka”.

In 1977, the theatre received the title of academic, and in 2001, it was given the title of national. The building of the Yakub Kolas National Academic Theatre has been the regular festival venue for many years.

Since 2000, the theatre has been hosting the “Theatre Meetings” featuring performances of various genres, author’s and creative nights, benefit performances of the winners of prestigious theatre awards, and companies from around the world. The theatre-lovers enjoyed watching numerous plays and performances including “I’ve Been a Puppeteer All My Life” by the Sergey Obraztsov State Academic Central Puppet Theatre, “Variations with Marionettes” by director Jim Gamble (Southern California, the USA), “Dandy, a Small Dinosaur” by the Pepino theatre (Nis, Yugoslavia), “Othello” by Eimuntas Nekrosius (Vilnius, Lithuania) “Svejk” by the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theatre (Kiev, Ukraine), the performances “Thumbelina” and “The Wizard of the Emerald City” by the Natalia Sats Moscow State Academic Children Theatre and others.

Roman Viktyuk theatre has more than once been on tour in Vitebsk. The pool of popular actors who appeared on the theatre stage includes but is not limited to Sergei Yursky, Lia Ahedzhakova, Victor Gvozditsky, Vyacheslav Shalevich. The solo performances have been presented by Nikolai Karachentsov, Galina Volchek, Svetlana Kryuchkova and others.

A separate page in the history of the theatre is taken by the professionals of the Vitebsk theatrical art school: Nikolai Yeremenko Sr., Nikola Yeremenko Jr., Galina Orlova.

The art of ballet in the “Impressions. Masterpieces of the Classical Repertoire and Selected Choreography.” was presented by Valery Panov, a choreographer and dancer from Israel, who was born in Vitebsk.

The theatre has hosted concerts of classical and contemporary music, the Russian romance nights. The Centre of National Cultures and the “Literary Lounge” that worked during the first festival editions presented the performances of the representatives from Belarus and neighbouring countries.

The theatre has provided its stage for the participants of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” to compete in singing and for the groups-participants of the International Children Creativity Festival to present their show performances.

The concerts of the performers within “At Nine Muses” and “Musical Meetings” projects were always sold out.

The theatre hosted the presentation of the project “Creative Legacy of the People’s Artist of the USSR Vladimir Mulyavin”.

 
 

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Performance “ANNA KARENINA” 12+

MOSCOW MODERN ART THEATRE (Russia)

Leo TOLSTOY

Directors: Evgeny KHLUDENTSOV, Ruslan BANKOVSKY.

Cast: Vladimir STEKLOV/ Boris GALKIN, Yana NAUMENKO,
Dmitry MAZUROV, Tatyana TASHKOVA, Olga ANOKHINA, Mikhail PAVLIK, Ruslan BANKOVSKY, Svetlana KLAUS, Alexey ZHUKOVSKY, Oleg TSVETKOV.

Tragic love story of a married woman, the socialite, and a brilliant young officer takes place against a background of magnificence of noble life of second half of XIX century. Characters go through bright and contradictory feelings: love and betrayal, passion and honors, hope and despair. And so what if we are separated for almost 150 years from these events, developing events engage us: at all times they are familiar and clearly understandable to everyone.

Ticket prices:

Stalls – 42.00, 45.00 BYN,

сircle – 35.00 BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Performance-concert “DREAM ORCHESTRA: BRASS” 12+

ERMOLOVA MOSCOW DRAMA THEATRE (Russia)

Director: Oleg MENSHIKOV.

Choreographer: Egor DRUZHININ.

Principal conductor: Denis VINOGRADOV.

Executive producer: Nikita TATARENKOV.

Onstage: Oleg MENSHIKOV

Oleg Menshikov reads chapters from his own book of memoirs: about childhood, love, music, dreams. Singing, dancing, playing solo and accompanying orchestra demonstrates highlights of his life. Musicians play, beat step dance, have drumsticks «duel», «play» with audience.

Ticket prices:

Stalls –  58.00, 65.00 BYN,

сircle – 50.00 BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by.

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Performance “CALIFORNIA TANGO” 16+

MOSCOW MODERN ART THEATRE (Russia)

Boris RATSER

Director: Sergey KUTASOV.

Cast: Svetlana TOMA, Alexey SHEYNIN/ Alexander PASHUTIN, Anna TEREKHOVA, Vyacheslav GRISHECHKIN/ Anatoly ZHURAVLYOV.

The characters met quite by accident. He is just a common painter from Russia, who learns English, she is a wealthy American woman, senescent widow, who buried her husband-architect – her only love. Both of them perceive their uselessness and emptiness. Lo and behold between them arose… tango.

Ticket prices:

Stalls – 42.00, 45.00 BYN,

сircle – 35.00 BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by.

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Comedy “MEN. OVERHEARD” 12+

Theatre agency “ART-PARTNER XXI” (Russia)

Yasmina REZA

Director: Patrice KERBRAT.

Producer: Leonid ROBERMAN.

Cast: Igor KOSTOLEVSKY, Mikhail FILIPPOV, Mikhail YANUSHKEVICH

Serg, Mark and Ivan are proud of their close friendship, which is suddenly become threatened by the destruction. It is suddenly, but the bone of contention is «white picture with three white diagonals». From argument about art, discussion turns into talk about life and love. Here we will see what is real male friendship!

Ticket prices:

Stalls – 50.00, 55.00 BYN,

сircle – 45.00 BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by.

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Comedy “THE FOOLISH LADY” 12+

Yakub KOLAS STATE ACADEMIC DRAMA THEATRE (Belarus)

Lope de VEGA

Director: Mikhail KRASNOBAEV.

Cast: Grigory SHATKO, Yuliya KRASHEVSKAYA, Svetlana SUKHODOLOVA, Timur ZHUSUPOV, Artyom GERYAK, Roman SOLOVIYOV, Dmitry KOVALENKO, Victor DASHKEVICH, Svetlana ZHUKOVSKAYA, Nataliya ALADKO, Gennady GAYDUK, Yuri TSVIRKO, Vyacheslav GRUSHOV, Georgy LOYKO and others.

Madrid grandee Aktavio has two daughters. Finea «is very shy» in her mind and feelings, and because of it everybody calls her a foolish girl. But she has a wealthy dowry. Compared to her sister Nisa who is money deprived, but quite dignified and very well-educated, and because of it rich on admirers. Will Aktavio succeed in getting his daughters married?..

Ticket prices:

Stalls – 18.00, 20.00 BYN,

сircle – 15.00 BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by.

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Comedy “THE SUICIDE” 16+

MOSCOW STATE THEATER IN THE SOUTHWEST (Russia)

Nikolai ERDMAN

Director: Valery BELYAKOVICH.

Cast: Dmitry GUSEV, Zhanna CHIRVA, Galina GALKINA, Alexey VANIN, Ilona BARYSHEVA, Andrey SANNIKOV, Mikhail BELYAKOVICH, Konstantin KUROCHKIN, Sergey BORODINOV and others.

This performance is about how unbearable conditions drive a man crazy. He cannot change anything, but, it seems, nothing special happens: it is just a life. And he chooses suicide. Suicide is a fame, everyone will speak about suicide and will tell only sublime things. The only thing left is to decide whom to die for...

Ticket prices:

Stalls –  45.00, 48.00 BYN,

сircle – 40.00  BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by.

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Mystery thriller “THE PLAYERS” 16+

MOSCOW STATE THEATER IN THE SOUTHWEST (Russia)

Nikolay GOGOL

Director: Oleg ANISCHENKO.

Cast: Vladimir KURTSEBA, Oleg ANISCHENKO, Denis SHALAEV,
Anton BELOV, Maxim LAKOMKIN, Konstantin KUROCHKIN,
Mikhail GRISCHENKO, Farid TAGIEV and others.

They will meet again in a small town and play. They will play lightly, cheerily, with abandon and witty stories. There are six of them, each of them is profi of what they do, but the main chatacter was not born yesterday. Who will have luck at card table? This is a story where distinction between real and other world becomes blurred. Where the main currency is human’s life.

Ticket prices:

Stalls –  45.00, 48.00 BYN,

сircle – 40.00  BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by.

“THEATRE MEETINGS”

Operetta “THE MYSTERY OF MISTER X” 18+

DAUGAVPILS THEATRE (Latvia)

Imre KALMAN

Director: Oleg SHAPOSHNIKOV.

Cast: Ilya LAPICH, Nadezhda ERMAKA, Ilona BAGELE, Khalina DUBITSKA, Mikhail ABRAMOV, Anzor ALIMIRZOEV, Mikhail SAMODAKHOV, Yuri LOSEV, Alexander KOMAROV.

He is Mr. X, mysterious handsome acrobat, hiding his face under a mask and performing life-threatening tricks. She is a highborn lady, whose hand craves a scheming banker, but her heart belongs to the mysterious cabaret artist…

Ticket prices:

Stalls –  32.00, 35.00 BYN,

сircle – 26.00 BYN.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket offices of the city and on the website www.kvitki.by.