Yuri Ivanovich Kayurov, People's Artist of Russia, laureate of State Prizes of the USSR and Russia, was born on September 30, 1927 in Cherepovets. Kayurov graduated from the Ostrovsky Leningrad State Theatre Institute and in 1952 made a stage debut in the Saratov Drama Theatre named after Karl Marx. For 15 years of work in Saratov he played a multitude of characters, among which are Neznamov «Guilty Without Guilt» and Karandyshev «Without a Dowry» (Alexander Ostrovsky), as well as Marat in Alexei Arbuzov’s «Marat» and Alexei in Vsevolod Vyshnevsky's «An Optimistic Tragedy».
In 1961 Yuri Kayurov first played the role of Vladimir Lenin (in the film directed by Anatoly Rybakov «At The Beginning Of The Century») that will later become symbolic in his creative biography. Kayurov will turn again and again to the image of the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. He played the founder of the Russian Communist Party a total of 18 times - in 16 films and 2 performances.
It was Lenin, who made a path in 1967 to Kayurov to the Maly Theatre, where he was invited to portray the eponymous hero in «John Reed», which was staged to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. In 2010 Yuri Ivanovich gets back to the glorified image in the tragicomedy of Alexander Galina «Dream of the Heroine», where he portrays the old actor Shubin, Lenin’s official impersonator, who is offered to play... his monument.
In the Maly Theatre Kayurov played over 25 roles and worked with some of the most eminent Soviet and Russian directors - Boris Babochkin, Leonid Varpakhovskiy, Boris Ravenskikh, Boris Lvov-Anokhin, Leonid Kheyfets, Boris Morozov, etc. Alexander Ostrovsky, Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky - these are three playwrights who played an important role in Kayurov’s career: Savva Vasilkov in Ostovsky’s «Money To Burn», Kuligin in Ostrovsky’s «The Storm», Firs in «The Cherry Orchard» by Chekhov, Ryabinin in «Dostigayev and Others» by Maxim Gorky, and many others.
Since 1961 Yuri Kayurov has been involved in feature films and TV shows, including «Through The Icy Haze», «The Sixth of July», «The Flame», «Missing Expedition» , «Widows», «Golden River», «Fiery Bridge», «My Anfisa», «The White Snow of Russia», «Chief Designer», «State Border», «Lenin in Paris», «Moscow’s Speaking», «The Case of Sukhovo-Kobylin», «Petersburg Secrets», «The Romanovs. The Crowned Family» and many others.
Roles in the Maly Theatre:
1967 - Vladimir Lenin, «John Reed» by Evgeniy Simonov, directed by Evgeniy Simonov
1969 - Vasilkov, «Money to Burn» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Leonid Varpakhovskiy
1970 - Vladimir Lenin, «Confession» by Savva Dangulov, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan
1971 - Ryabinin, «Dostigayev and Others» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Boris Babochkin
1972 - Stogov, «The Counterfeit Coin» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Boris Babochkin
1975 - Safonov, «Russian people» by Konstantin Simonov, directed by Boris Ravenskikh
1972 - Andron, «The Birds of Our Youth» by Ion Druță, directed by Ion Ungureanu
1974 - Kuligin, «The Storm» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Babochkin
1979 - Lupachev, «Handsome Man» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Marianna Turbina
1981 - Mayakin, «Foma Gordeev» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin
1982 - Vasilyev, «The Choice» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev and Vladimir Beylis
1985 - Antipa Zykov, «The Zykovs» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Leonid Kheyfets
1990 - Botkin, «And I Shall Repay» by Sergey Kuznetsov, directed by Alexander Chetverkin
1988 - Serebryakov, «The Wood Demon» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Boris Morozov
1991 - Polonius, «The Murder of Gonzago» by Nedyalko Yordano, directed by Boris Morozov
1992 - Neil Andreevich, «The Precipice» by Ivan Goncharov, directed by Vera Efremova
1996 - Serebryakov, «Uncle Vanya» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Sergey Solovyov
1998 - Firs, «The Cherry Orchard» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Igor Iliyinskiy
1998 - Old man-Dukhobor, «Resurrection» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Eduard Martsevich
1999 - Herman Israel, «King Gustav Vasa» by August Strindberg, directed by Alexander Nordström (Sweden)
1999 - Karp, «The Forest» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Yuri Solomin
2000 - Prince Tugoukhovsky, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Sergey Zhenovach
2001 - Shabelsky, «Ivanov» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin
2003 - Adik, «The Good Old Ensemble» byJirí Hubac, directed by Vladislav Konstantinov
2005 - George Talbot, «Maria Stuart» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
2010 - Shubin, «Heroine’s Dream»by Alexander Galin, directed by Alexander Galin