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WOE FROM WIT
Alexander Griboedov

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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

Sofia Pavlovna, his daughter Polina Dolinskaya Ekaterina Vasilyeva

Liza, Sofia's maid Honored Artist of Russia Inna Ivanova Olga Zhevakina

Alexey Stepanovich Molchalin, Famusov's secretary living in his house People's Artist of Russia Alexander Vershinin Alexander Driven

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

Countess Tugoukhovskaya, his wife Honored Artist of Russia Olga Chuvaeva Nataliya Boronina

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

Platon Mikhailovich Gorich, Chatsky's colleague Honored Artist of Russia Dmitriy Koznov Igor Grigoriev

Natalia Dmitriyevna,his wife People's Artist of Russia Svetlana AmanovaRecipient of the Prize of the Russian Federation Government, People's Artist of Russia Olga Pashkova

Anton Antonovich Zagoretsky People's Artist of Russia Vladimir Dubroskiy

Mr. N Honored Artist of Russia Sergey Tezov Honored Artist of Russia Sergey Veshchev Dmitriy Marin

Mr. D Honored Artist of Russia Vasiliy Dakhnenko

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

Famusov's waiters Pyotr Zhikharev Mikhail Fomenko Igor Grigoriev Aleksey Anokhin Alexander Naumov Evgeniy Sorokin Evgeniy Aranovskiy

Deputy concertmaster of the cello group, Vera AgamalyanConcertmaster
Honored Artist of Russia,
Inna Levchenko
Concertmaster of the cello group, Olga MokhnachevaLeader of an orchestra, Sergey Tkachenko Olga Karpova Oleg Sidorskiy Yuri Sherstyuk