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Ezepov Vyacheslav

People's Artist of Russia

Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ezepov, People's Artist of Russia, was born on October 7, 1941 in Saratov.

Vyacheslav Ezepov graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School, where his drama workshop leaders were legendary Vasily Toporkov and Kira Golovko. In 1963 he was admitted to the Lesya Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (Kiev). It would be natural for a young artist who has just joined the theatre’s company to start with being a background actor involved in crowd scenes first. However, Ezepov immediately starts with landing leading roles that will later enter the gold fund of Soviet art: Palchikov in«Evening Light» by Aleksei Arbuzov; Domingo in «Don Carlos» by Friedrich Schiller; Jack in «The Importance of Being Earnest» by Oscar Wilde; Krylov in«Going Inside a Storm» by Daniil Granin and Anton Chekhov in «My Mocking Happiness» by Leonid Malyugin.

Anatoliy Efros noticed a young talented actor and invited him to join the Moscow Lenin Komsomol Theatre (today the«Lenkom Theatre»), where Vyacheslav Ivanovich worked during one season. Later Ezepov returned to the Lesya Ukrainka Theatre. However Vyacheslav Ivanovich’s creative path is linked with the Maly Theatre that he joined in 1967.

Vyacheslav Ivanovich entered the House of Ostrovsky as a very young, but already an established artist, having gained array and experience in different types of drama schools. Being a natural play-actor, he exists outside of roles and genres. Vyacheslav Ezepov is an artist of subtle and deep psychological analysis and that, coupled with diligence and dedication, allows him to create vivid and memorable images from a two-faced tsar-to-be Vasiliy Shuisky in «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy to an awkward Dyadin in «The Wood Demon» by Anton Chekhov and a regicide - Yakov Yurovsky, a close friend of Sverdlov, who instigated the orders initiating the execution of Nicholas II and his family («And I Shall Repay» by Sergey Kuznetsov). Over the years Ezepov played more than 100 roles on the stage and worked with the some of the most experienced and gifted directors of the time - Ravenskikh, Varpakhovskiy, Lvov-Anokhin, Reznikovich, Kheyfetz, Morozov, Beylis, etc.

In 2017 Ezepov realized his life-long dream - he directed «Little Tragedies» by Alexander Pushkin that was staged on the Maly Theatre’s small stage and also performed three main roles in the play: Salieri, Baron and the Chairman.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1967 - Announcer, «Diplomat» by Samuil Aleshin, directed by Leonid Varpakhovskiy

1967 - Nicolino,«Christmas at the Cupiello's» by Eduardo De Filippo, directed by Leonid Varpakhovskiy

1968 - Gaston, «Traveler Without Luggage» by Jean Anouilh, directed by Leonid Varpakhovskiy

1969 - Egor Glumov, «Money to Burn» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vyacheslav Yurchenko

1968 - Philosopher,«Criminal Tango» by Egon Rannet, directed by Veniamin Tsygankov

1972 - Valera, «The Very Last Day» by Boris Vasilyev, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1972 - Ganefeld , «Before Sunset» by Gerhart Hauptmann, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1978 - Gorich, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1980 - Don Alonso, «Jealous of Herself» by Tirso de Molina, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1979 - Ditsman, «The Shore» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1982 - Kolitsyn, «The Choice» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev and Vladimir Beylis

1982 - Leonid, «Retro» by Alexander Galin, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1983 - Shchetkin,«Vanyushin's Children» by Sergei Naidenov, directed by Mikhail Tsaryov, Viktor Ryzhkov and Vladimir Sedov

1984 - The investigator, «The Living Corpse» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1987 - Balabanov, «The Game» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1987 - Barkilphedro, «The Man Who Laughs» by Victor Hugo, directed by Igor Ilyinskiy and Vladimir Martens

1988 - Dyadin, «The Wood Demon» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Boris Morozov

1989 - Heinrich Mann, «Tales from Hollywood» by Christopher Hampton, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1990 - Count Zyrov, «Predators» by Aleksey Pisemsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1990 - Yurovsky, «And I Shall Repay» by Sergey Kuznetsov, directed by Alexander Chetverkin

1990 - The teacher of dancing, «The Bourgeois Gentleman» by Jean-Baptiste Molière, directed by Ilan Ronen (Israel)

1991 - Prompter, «The Murder of Gonzago» by Nedyalko Yordano, directed by Boris Morozov

1991 - Pyotr Tolstoy, «Tsar Peter and Alexei» by Friedrich Gorenstein, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1992 - Prince Alexander Pavlovich, «The Kholops» by Pyotr Gnedich, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1992 - Kuroslepov, «An Ardent Heart» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Morozov

1993 - Firs, «The Cherry Orchard» by Аnton Chekhov, directed by Igor Ilyinskiy

1994 - Chugunov, «Wolves and Sheep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1994 - Lup-Kleshnin, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1995 - Count Dulebov, «Talents and Admirers» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1996 - Shamraev, «Seagull» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1997 - Charles V, «Secrets of the Madrid Court» by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Leguvé, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2001 - Gregory Reed, ««Happy End» based on Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s play «Getting Away with Murder», directed by Vladimir Beylis

2008 - Mamaev, «Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2008 - Henry IV, «Mad, Mad Henry» by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2011 - Rabourdin, «The Heirs of Rabourdin» by Émile Zola, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2012 - Mokiy Parmenich Knurov, «Without a Dowry» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Yuri Solomin

2017 - Salieri, Baron, Chairman, «Little Tragedies» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Vyacheslav Ezepov

Filmography
1977 «Walking Through The Agony»
1978 «Asya»
1979 «The Adult Son»
1980 «Karl Marx. The Early Years»
1981 «The Story of One Love»
1982 «The 34th Express»
1982 «Through Gobi and Khingan»
1982 «Dumpy»
1983 «Day Commander of the Division»
1984 «Happy Zhenya!»
1985 «Lord Novgorod the Great»
1985 «The Battle for Moscow»
1985 «Five Minutes of Fear»
1986 «An Umbrella for the Newlyweds»
1986 «From Salary to Salary»
1986 «The Final Road»
1987 «Men's Portraits»
1991 «To Kill the «Jackal»
1992 «Don’t Go Away ...»
1993 «The Verdict»
1993 «The Code of Disgrace»
TV series «Turetskiy’s March»