Alexander Griboedov’s comedy «Woe from Wit» can truly be called one of the first real masterpieces of the Russian theater. This sparkling satire, which depicts the vain and materialistic life of the early nineteenth-century Russian aristocracy, in Griboyedov’s own words contains «twenty-five fools and one sensible man». The twentieth-century poet Alexander Blok claimed that this comedy is «unsurpassed in world literature».
It is written in brilliant, colloquial verse that has left an indelible imprint on the Russian language. Around 61 phrases and aphorisms from the play had been accepted as Russian proverbs.
«Woe from Wit» is still one of the most performed plays in Russia. Today the production of «Woe From Wit» by Sergey Zhenovach is on stage at the Maly Theatre, where the artistic director gives a traditional yet fresh perspective on the well-known masterpiece, laying special emphasis on the first love theme.
Director – Sergey Zhenovach
Scenography – Alexander Borovsky
Costume Design – Oksana Yarmolnik
Composer – Grigory Gobernik
Assistant Director – Zinaida Merkulova
The performance is accompanied by music by Alexander Griboyedov, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Dargomyzhsky and Sergey Rachmaninoff
Premiere – November 1st, 2000
100th performance – March 27th, 2005
200th performance – May 6th, 2012 (in Petrozavodsk)
Running Time: 3 hours
Suitable for 12+yrs
A comedy in 4 acts, in rhyme.
The production includes texts from early editions.
The performance runs with one intermission.
Roles and actors:
Pavel Afanasyevich Famusov, the father, the senator and thehead of an important department Laureate of the State prizes of the Russian Federation, People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Solomin
Alexandr Andreyevich Chatsky, a young man, who was brought up in Famusov'shouse State Prize of the Russian Federation laureate, Honored Artist of Russia Gleb Podgorodinskiy
Colonel Skalozub Sergey Sergeyevich Honored Artist of Russia Viktor Nizovoy
Old woman Khlyostova, Famusov's sister-in-law Recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation Government, People's Artist of Russia Lyudmila Polyakova
Count Tugoukhovsky Recipient of multiple USSR State Prizes and the State Prizes of the Russian Federation , People's Artist of Russia Yuri KayurovRecipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, Honored Artist of Russia Yuriy Ilyin
Tugoukhovsky daughters Anna Zharova Nataliya Boronina Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Korotkova Honored Artist of Russia Irina Telpugova Dariya Podgornaya Nataliya Vereshchenko Ekaterina Porubel Alyona Kolesnikova Olga Pleshkova
Countess Khryumina, the grandmother Honored Artist of Russia Zinaida Andreeva
Countess Khryumina, the granddaughter People's Artist of Russia Alyona Okhlupina
Anton Antonovich Zagoretsky People's Artist of Russia Vladimir Dubroskiy
Repetilov, the Anglomaniac orator of the coffee room and of the club Dmitriy Zenichev
Petrushka, a servant in Famusov's house Honored Artist of Russia Pyotr Skladchikov
Deputy concertmaster of the cello group, Vera AgamalyanConcertmaster
Honored Artist of Russia, Inna LevchenkoConcertmaster of the cello group, Olga MokhnachevaLeader of an orchestra, Sergey Tkachenko Olga Karpova Oleg Sidorskiy Yuri Sherstyuk