Medvedev, Petr

Medvedev, Petr Mikhailovich


Born Jan. 15 (27), 1837, in Moscow; died Jan. 30 (Feb. 12), 1906, in St. Petersburg. Russian theatrical entrepreneur.

Medvedev studied at the Moscow Theatrical School. From 1853 he acted in provincial theaters. He managed theaters of drama and opera in Saratov (1862), Kazan (1866), and other cities. Medvedev helped bring the classical Russian repertoire to the provinces, while maintaining high production standards and paying careful attention to the stage ensemble. Medvedev did a great service to the Russian theater by his discovery and training of talented actors. Some of the actors who worked in Medvedev’s productions were P. A. Strepetova, M. G. Savina, V. N. Davy-dov, K. A. Varlamov, and M. I. Pisarev.

From 1890 to 1893, Medvedev was chief director and later an actor (until the end of his life) at the Aleksandrinskii Theater in St. Petersburg. He played in comedies (the Mayor in Gogol’s The Inspector-General, Raspliuev in Sukhovo-Kobylina’s Krechinskii’s Wedding, and Scapin in Moliere’s Scapin’sl’ranks). Medvedev wrote his Memoirs, which were published posthumously in 1929.