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Theatre non-stop: How Moscow prepares for new theatre season

Theatre connoisseurs will see three premieres and two shows created especially for the festival, as well as the largest Theatre March programme ever with eight performances.

Theatre non-stop: How Moscow prepares for new theatre season

Moscow will begin the new theatre season on City Day, 8 September. On this day, Hermitage Gardens will host the sixth Theatre March with ten Moscow companies participating. In particular, audience members will be able to meet with actors from the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, Taganka Theatre, Moscow Ballet Theatre, Et Cetera Theatre and Story Studio.

The festival will begin at 11 am and last until 10.30 pm. Admission is free.

“Five years ago the idea to bring theatres to parks seemed crazy, but today Muscovites call Theatre March one of the most important city traditions,” said actress and director Irina Apeksimova, festival producer. “This year, visitors will see three premieres, two shows created especially for the festival, as well as the largest Theatre March programme ever with eight performances.”

Theatre March will begin with a family programme. The Modern Play School, Novaya Opera and the Et Cetera theatres as well as the Children's Music and Drama Theater "A-YA” and the Story Studio will present shows as part of this programme.

The first part of the festival programme will conclude with a concert by the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre orchestra held on the park’s big stage. It will perform suites from The Swan Lake and The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

From Sweeney Todd to Chairmen of the Earth

The iconic Taganka Theatre will present a concert version of the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” as part of the festival. The performance premiered on 27 January 2017. It was staged by a Russian director, actor Alexei Frandetti. This year, the musical won three prizes from among the Golden Mask national theatre awards: for Best Operetta or Musical, Best Director and Best Actor.

Moscow Ballet will present the premiere of the Colour Transcription performance and the one-act ballet “Eros Redux” based on ancient Greek philosophers’ thoughts on love.

Ubertheatre from the Meyerhold Centre has prepared the interactive performance “Adventure Collection: The True Moscow.” It will use all of Hermitage Gardens, with the theatre changing reality right in front of participants’ eyes. Audiences will also see the performance “Concert: Please Come,” which is a musical and lyrical love story of a modern woman told through Soviet hit songs from the 1960–1970s and today’s poems.

The School of Drama Art will show the premiere of Alexander Ogaryov’s “Chairmen of the Earth” about Vladimir Mayakovsky and Velimir Khlebnikov.

Over 100,000 people have visited the Theatre March festival over the years. The festival is supported by the Moscow Department of Culture and is included in the official programme of 2018 City Day celebrations.