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A Theatrical Novel

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A mystification in two parts, text redacted by the theatre, running time: 2 h 50 m, prime April 10, 2012
Ticket price range 100—5000 rub.
  • Author — Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Producing Director — Pyotr Fomenko, Kirill Pirogov
  • Director’s Assistant — Nikita Tyunin
  • Stage Design  — Vladimir Maximov
  • Costume Design  — Maria Danilova
  • Lighting Design — Vladislav Frolov, Alexei Sharaburin
  • Selection of Сostumes — Valeria Kurochkina
  • Make-up artists — Anna Meleshko, Larisa Gerasimchuk
  • Graphic Designer — Alyona Besser
  • Stage Managers  — Yulia Kamysheva, Tatyana Seredina
  • Text Adaptation — Tatyana Albrekht
  • Editor — Yelena Kasatkina
  • Videography — Yekaterina Burlakova
  • Musical Score — Pyotr Fomenko, Kirill Pirogov
  • Fortepiano — Nikolai Orlovsky
  • Sound Direction — Grigory Litvinov
  • Light — Yury Lebedev, Yevgeny Novikov
  • Sound — Kirill Pustovoit, Sergei Zverev
  • Make up — Svetlana Guguchkina, Marina Mikhalochkina, Viktoria Starikova
  • Property man — Alexander Khovansky
  • Props — Alla Sedakova, Sofia Telegina, Anastasia Vorontsova
  • Wardrobe assistants — Alina Galimova, Yulia Ivanova, Maria Motovilova, Maria Tabakova, Irina Frolova
  • Stage-hands — Vitaly Metlin, Pavel Ivashkin, Evgeny Makhonin, Denis Shalaev, Andrei Bodnar, Sergei Petryaev, Mikhail Agureev, Stanislav Verzunov, Sergei Veselov, Konstantin Legostaev, Vladimir Moiseev, Evgeny Perov, Dmitry Yakovlev
  • Riggers — Viktor Grib, Igor Volkov
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This was the last directorial job by Pyotr Fomenko. Mikhail Bulgakov wrote his novel «A Dead Man’s Memoir» about love. It was the love for theater, mixed in with tenderness and hatred. There is a large dose of self-irony in the theater’s rendition of the sad story of writer Maksudov’s misfortunes in the complex backstage world. The world of theater has its own logic and its own truth, and everything happens in accordance with some other laws. This mysteriousness first charms the uninitiated, but very soon brings them to despair. But despite all the hardships, Maksudov is convinced that this is his world.
How else can one call it but a confession of love for the theater? This is the love, which is impervious to even the bitterest knowledge of this pleasure’s seamy underside. The Fomenko Theater’s performance is also a confession of love for the theater, equal in its measure to Bulgakov’s. This play is both very funny and desperate. The nature of this desperation lies in the feelings of love and hate, and in the fact that backstage every one is just a regular person, with all sorts of vices, while on stage they are great actors.
Marina Timasheva, Radio Freedom
Nobody is better at reading the prose than Pyotr Fomenko, who is capable of turning it into theater with seeming ease. Very few people possess the same freedom in laughter as Pyotr Fomenko. Which is why the final sentence of the play sounds so sharp and hangs above the audience with such a long echo: “… there is no such theater, never have been and never will be.”
Marina Tokareva, Novaya Gazeta

Characters and Cast

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  • October 28

Compositions by Gounod, Beethoven, Rubinstein, Rimsky-Korsakov and Sats are heard in the course of the performance.