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"Comedians", a theatre

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“KOMEDIANTY” (“COMEDIANS”), state drama theatre (44, Ligovsky av., St.Petersburg). It was founded in 1989 by decision of Executive Committee of the Leningrad Oblast People’s Deputies’ Soviet. Creative director since the foundation of the theatre has been M.A. Levshin. Several years the theatre didn’t have its own building and the present address it got in 1994. The repertoire includes plays written by A.S. Pushkin, N.V. Gogol, A.P. Chekhov, A.N. Ostrovsky, W. Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, E. Rostan, T. Williams, E. de Filippo and modern playwrights S. Kochnev, V. Karasev, V. Zimin, Dario Fo, etc. Actors playing roles in performances are V. Poletayev, N. Meschaninova, V. Matveyev, V. Kostetsky, S. Russkin, M. Sergeyev, A. Belova, etc. The theatre makes a lot of tours in Russia and abroad. Every year the theatre gives not less than 75 performances in the Leningrad Oblast. Since 1992 the theatre supervises a charity festival “Dvortsy Sankt Peterburga - Detyam” (“St. Petersburg Palaces to Children”) for inmates of orphanages and boarding schools of the Leningrad Oblast. The best theatre performances became prize-winners of the theatre festivals. The theatre is housed in the former A.N. Pertsev’s apartment house (architects S.P. Galenzovsky, I. A. Pretro; 1910-11).

Lanskoy, Aleksey Victorovich

Belova, Anna Aleksandrovna
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich
Filippo, Eduarde de
Fo, Dario
Galenzovsky (Galanzovsky), Stefan Nikolayevich
Gogol, Nikolay Vasilyevich
Karasev, Vladimir Kirillovich
Kochnev S. (Sergey Vasilyevich Bubly)
Kostetsky, V.
Levshin, Mikhail Aleksandrovich
Lope De Vega Carpio (Lope Felix De)
Meshchaninova, Nina Ivanovna
Ostrovsky, Aleksandr Nikolayevich
Pertsov, A.N.
Poletayev, Valery Nikolayevich
Pretro, Ippolit Aleksandrovich
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeyevich
Rostan, Edmon
Russkin, S.
Segeyev, M.
Shakespeare, William
William Tenesse (real name was Tomas Lanier)

Saint-Petersburg City/Ligovsky Prospekt

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Марчук И. Новая жизнь «Комедиантов» // Театральный Петербург. 2005. Сентябрь, 35-36
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