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VASSA ZHELEZNOVA. THE FIRST VERSION
Maxim Gorky

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60 years ago Maly Theatre’s production of «Vassa Zheleznova» became known all over the Soviet Union. Back then the second version of the play was staged. Today, Maly Theatre turns to the first, little-known edition of Gorky’s work. The play is directed by Vladimir Beilis and is produced in collaboration with the set designer Eduard Kochergin. One of Maly Theatre’s leading actresses, Lyudmila Titova, plays Vassa Zheleznova.

«The performance is notable for its integrity and harmony, if only applicable to Gorky’s play, which is quite unusual for our time. In this production everything is bound together in perfect unity – the common atmosphere established by the director and ensemble cast: lighting, sound, set and costume design. It is an authentic Russian psychological theatre that might seem boring and outdated to someone, but at the same time it brings excitement, powerful emotions and food for thought. In this production of «Vassa Zheleznova» there are no riddles, everything is true-to-life and simple...» (Natalia Staroselskaya," Strastnoy Boulevard, 10 », №1-191 / 2016)


Performance Director – Vladimir Beilis

Set Designer – Eduard Kochergin

Costume Designer – Anna Alekseeva-Kochergina

Lighting Designer – Andrey Izotov

Composer – Grigoriy Gobernik

Assistant Directors – Vladimir Egorov, Tatiana Egorova



Premiere – April 19th, 2016

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Suitable for 16+yrs

A drama in 2 acts
The performance runs with one intermission

Roles and actors:

Vassa Zheleznova People's Artist of Russia Lyudmila Titova

Anna, her Daughter Polina Dolinskaya

Pavel, her Son Stanislav Soshnikov

Semyon, her Son Aleksey Konovalov

Ludmila, Pavel's wife Olga Abramova

Natalia, Semyon's wife Olga Zhevakina Irina Zheryakova

Prokhor Zheleznov People's Artist of Russia Alexander Vershinin

Mikhailo Vailiev, Steward Mikhail Fomenko

Dunechka Honored Artist of Russia Tatiyana Skiba Ekaterina Bazarova

Lipa, Maid Ekaterina Porubel Irina Zheryakova Alyona Kolesnikova

Father Egor Honored Artist of Russia Pyotr Skladchikov

Anisia, Maid Natalya Khrustalyova