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THE POWER OF DARKNESS
Leo Tolstoy

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The production of «The Power of Darkness», the five-act drama by Leo Tolstoy, was staged by Yury Solomin. The play was produced and read numerous times and involved many legendary artists. The most interesting aspect of this drama, often described as "a peasant tragedy," was that Tolstoy was influenced by a real incident. This story is a tragedy of spiritual blindness, sordid misery, depravity and deceit – subjects that remain modern and topical for any century.

The performance is accompanied by Russian folk songs performed by «Rusichi» ensemble


Performance Director – Yury Solomin

Set Designer – Alexander Glazunov

Lighting Designer – Damir Ismagilov

Composer – Grigoriy Gobernik

Choreography – Nikolay Tsapko

Assistant Directors – Galina Markina, Vladimir Egorov



Premiere – December 26th, 2007

Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Suitable for 12+yrs

A drama in 5 acts.
The performance runs with one intermission

Roles and actors:

Pyotr, a well-to-do peasant, 42 years old, married for the second time, and sickly People's Artist of Russia Vladimir Nosik

Anisya, his wife, 32 years old, fond of dress Honored Artist of Russia Inna Ivanova Irina Zheryakova

Akoulina, Pyotr's daughter by his first marriage, 16 years old, hard of hearing, mentally undeveloped Ekaterina Bazarova Olga Abramova

Anutka, his daughter by his second marriage, 10 years old Lidiya Milyuzina Daria Mingazetdinova

Nikita,their laborer, 25 years old, fond of dress Honored Artist of Russia Aleksey Faddeev

Akim, Nikíta's father, 50 years old, a plain-looking, God-fearing peasant People's Artist of Russia Aleksey Kudinovich

Matryona, his wife and Nikíta's mother, 50 years old Laureate of USSR State Prizes and Russian Federation Government Awards, People's Artist of Russia Irina Muravyova

Marina, an orphan girl, 22 years old Lyubov Eshchenko Ekaterina Vasilyeva

Mitrich, an old laborer, ex-soldier Honored Artist of Russia Viktor Nizovoy Mikhail Fomenko

Anisya's relative Honored Artist of Russia Larisa Kichanova

Marfa, Pyotr's sister Nataliya Boronina

Matchmaker Recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, Honored Artist of Russia Yuriy Ilyin Maksim Khrustalyov Anna Zharova

Marína's husband People's Artist of Russia Sergey Eremeev

First girl Alexandra Ivanova Alyona Kolesnikova Mariya Kriventseva

Second girl Ekaterina Porubel Alyona Kolesnikova

Police officer Honored Artist of Russia Pyotr Skladchikov

Village Elder Andrey Manke Evgeniy Sorokin

Neighbour Mariya Seryogina Ekaterina Porubel

First lad Mikhail Martyanov Stanislav Soshnikov Maksim Filatov

Second lad Maksim Khrustalyov Ignatiy Kuznetsov

Bridegroom Evgeniy Sorokin