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THE MINOR
Denis Fonvizin

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Nearest shows: 2.10, 8.10, 15.10, 23.10, 5.11, 12.11, 27.11

«I do not want to study, I want to marry!» – is one of the most popular expressions, turned into proverb that comes from a comedy entitled Nedorosl («The Minor») by one of Russia’s foremost 18th-century dramatists, Denis Fonvizin. «The Minor» can rightly be called immortal: it is included in the school course of Russian literature and is still part of the theatrical repertoire. Although «The Minor» was written more than two centuries ago, the play seems to reflect some aspect of modern life and it seems as if it was designed specifically to prevent young people from making Mitrofanushka’s mistakes.

At the beginning of 1782, after many years of work, Fonvizin read his new play to a circle of friends and acquaintances. In the words of Fonvizin’s first biographer Petr Vyazemsky in «The Minor» the author «does not make any noise, doesn’t fuss, does not laugh at, but rages against sin and condemns it without mercy. And even though he makes the audience laugh, it does not distract them from deeper and more grievous impressions.»

There is a legend that after the premiere of «The Minor» in St. Petersburg, Prince Grigory Potemkin, one of Catherine the Great's powerful associates, came up to Fonvizin and said: «Denis, either die or stop writing! As there is no need to write anything else.» Another version assigns these words to a highly esteemed Russian poet Gavrila Derzhavin.

The production of «The Minor» encountered many problems. After it was rejected in St Petersburg, Fonvizin left for Moscow together with actor Ivan Dmitrievsky. But in Moscow the performance was also forbidden by the censors. They felt that some of the dialogues were too daring. It took a lot of efforts to remove this ban. Finally the play was staged on September 24th, 1782 at Kniper's Theater in St. Petersburg and on May 14th, 1783 in Moscow, at Maddox theatre. The success of the production was huge. Soon after, the play was produced by the students of Moscow University (and it is known that The Maly theatre company was established at Moscow University).



Production – Vladimir Ivanov

Scenography – Evgeniy Kumankov

Composer – Evgeniy Krilatov

Stage Director – Vitaliy Konyaev

Assistant Directors – Galina Markina, Tatiana Egorova, Albina Goncharova



Premiere – January 6th, 1986

700th performance – May 21st, 2012

Running Time: 2h20

Ticket Prices: 150 - 1500 rubles

Suitable for 6+yrs

A comedy in 2 acts
The performance runs with one intermission

Roles and actors:

Prostakov (Simpleton) народный артист России Sergey Eremeev Alexander Nikiforov

Prostakova, his wife Nataliya Boronina Anastasiya Dubrovskaya

Mitrofan, their son, the Minor Aleksey Konovalov Vladimir Tyaptushkin Денис Корнух

Yeremeevna, the nanny заслуженная артистка России Klavdiya Blokhina Nataliya Shvets заслуженная артистка России Tatiyana Skiba

Pravdin (Truthful) заслуженный артист России Vasiliy Dakhnenko Stanislav Soshnikov

Starodum (An Old Thinker) народный артист России Vladimir Safronov Mikhail Fomenko заслуженный артист России Alexander Beliy

Sofia, Starodum's niece Ekaterina Vasilyeva Ekaterina Biks Алина Колесникова

Milon Stanislav Soshnikov Dmitriy Krivosheev

Skotinin (The Beast), Prostakova's brother заслуженный артист России Dmitriy Koznov народный артист России Viktor Nizovoy Alexander Naumov

Kuteykin, a seminary student заслуженный артист России Sergey Veshchev Dmitriy Zenichev Aleksey Anokhin

Tsyfirkin, a retired sergeant Aleksey Anokhin народный артист России Vladimir Nosik Sergey Vidineev

Vral'man (The Liar), a teacher Igor Grigoriev заслуженный артист России Sergey Kagakov

Trishka, the tailor Andrey Manke Dmitriy Krivosheev

The servant girl Alina Kirillina Anna Zharova Mariya Seryogina Ekaterina Kazakova Mariya Kriventseva Karina Sakhanenko

The kitchen boy Maksim Khrustalyov Pyotr Zhikharev Evgeniy Aranovskiy Evgeniy Voronov Дмитрий Сафонов Денис Корнух

THE MINOR
Denis Fonvizin
A comedy in 2 acts
The performance runs with one intermission

Nearest shows: 2.10, 8.10, 15.10, 23.10, 5.11, 12.11, 27.11
Buy tickets

«I do not want to study, I want to marry!» – is one of the most popular expressions, turned into proverb that comes from a comedy entitled Nedorosl («The Minor») by one of Russia’s foremost 18th-century dramatists, Denis Fonvizin. «The Minor» can rightly be called immortal: it is included in the school course of Russian literature and is still part of the theatrical repertoire. Although «The Minor» was written more than two centuries ago, the play seems to reflect some aspect of modern life and it seems as if it was designed specifically to prevent young people from making Mitrofanushka’s mistakes.

At the beginning of 1782, after many years of work, Fonvizin read his new play to a circle of friends and acquaintances. In the words of Fonvizin’s first biographer Petr Vyazemsky in «The Minor» the author «does not make any noise, doesn’t fuss, does not laugh at, but rages against sin and condemns it without mercy. And even though he makes the audience laugh, it does not distract them from deeper and more grievous impressions.»

There is a legend that after the premiere of «The Minor» in St. Petersburg, Prince Grigory Potemkin, one of Catherine the Great's powerful associates, came up to Fonvizin and said: «Denis, either die or stop writing! As there is no need to write anything else.» Another version assigns these words to a highly esteemed Russian poet Gavrila Derzhavin.

The production of «The Minor» encountered many problems. After it was rejected in St Petersburg, Fonvizin left for Moscow together with actor Ivan Dmitrievsky. But in Moscow the performance was also forbidden by the censors. They felt that some of the dialogues were too daring. It took a lot of efforts to remove this ban. Finally the play was staged on September 24th, 1782 at Kniper's Theater in St. Petersburg and on May 14th, 1783 in Moscow, at Maddox theatre. The success of the production was huge. Soon after, the play was produced by the students of Moscow University (and it is known that The Maly theatre company was established at Moscow University).



Production – Vladimir Ivanov

Scenography – Evgeniy Kumankov

Composer – Evgeniy Krilatov

Stage Director – Vitaliy Konyaev

Assistant Directors – Galina Markina, Tatiana Egorova, Albina Goncharova



Premiere – January 6th, 1986

700th performance – May 21st, 2012

Running Time: 2h20

Ticket Prices: 150 - 1500 rubles

Suitable for 6+yrs

Roles and actors

Prostakov (Simpleton) народный артист России Sergey Eremeev Alexander Nikiforov

Prostakova, his wife Nataliya Boronina Anastasiya Dubrovskaya

Mitrofan, their son, the Minor Aleksey Konovalov Vladimir Tyaptushkin Денис Корнух

Yeremeevna, the nanny заслуженная артистка России Klavdiya Blokhina Nataliya Shvets заслуженная артистка России Tatiyana Skiba

Pravdin (Truthful) заслуженный артист России Vasiliy Dakhnenko Stanislav Soshnikov

Starodum (An Old Thinker) народный артист России Vladimir Safronov Mikhail Fomenko заслуженный артист России Alexander Beliy

Sofia, Starodum's niece Ekaterina Vasilyeva Ekaterina Biks Алина Колесникова

Milon Stanislav Soshnikov Dmitriy Krivosheev

Skotinin (The Beast), Prostakova's brother заслуженный артист России Dmitriy Koznov народный артист России Viktor Nizovoy Alexander Naumov

Kuteykin, a seminary student заслуженный артист России Sergey Veshchev Dmitriy Zenichev Aleksey Anokhin

Tsyfirkin, a retired sergeant Aleksey Anokhin народный артист России Vladimir Nosik Sergey Vidineev

Vral'man (The Liar), a teacher Igor Grigoriev заслуженный артист России Sergey Kagakov

Trishka, the tailor Andrey Manke Dmitriy Krivosheev

The servant girl Alina Kirillina Anna Zharova Mariya Seryogina Ekaterina Kazakova Mariya Kriventseva Karina Sakhanenko

The kitchen boy Maksim Khrustalyov Pyotr Zhikharev Evgeniy Aranovskiy Evgeniy Voronov Дмитрий Сафонов Денис Корнух

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CONGRATULATIONS ON A NEW ROLE

On ​March 4 Ekaterina Biks first appeared on stage as Sofia in Fonvizin's «The Minor». Congratulations to Ekaterina and good luck with her new role!

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CONGRATULATIONS ON A NEW ROLE

On February 17 Anastasiya Dubrovskaya first appeared on stage in the role of Prostakova in Dmitry Fonvizin’s comedy «The Minor». Wishing Anastasiya great success with her new role. Good Luck!​

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