Gorky Theater for Young People

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Gorky Theater for Young People


(full name. N. K. Krupskaia Gorky Theater for Young People), a Soviet theater for children. It was established in 1928 in Nizhny Novgorod (present-day Gorky).

Since 1929 it has been a repertory theater. Its conceptual and creative development took place during the production of both classical works and works by contemporary dramatists: Tales of Pushkin (1937), Kataev’s A Lone Sail Shimmers (1938), Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1951), Ivanov’s Armored Train 14–69 (1957), Of Time and Oneself, a poetic composition (1967), Dvpretskii’s A Man of Seventeen (1968). and The Three Musketeers, after A. Dumas (1970). A great deal of attention is paid to M. Gorky’s works: Alesha Peshkov, by Forsh and Gruzdevaia after Gorky (1948). Smug Citizens by Gorky (1956). and In the World, after Gorky (1957). have all been performed at the theater. For younger schoolchildren the stories of E. L. Shvartz (The Snow Queen, 1938, and Red Riding Hood, 1939) and S. Ia. Marshak (Twelve Months, 1950. and others) are presented. Actors who have worked at the Gorky Theater for Young People include the Honored Art Worker of the RSFSR A. G. Lugovaia and Honored Art Worker of the Yakut ASSR N. S. Ivanova. Directors include E. A. Brill’ (one of the founders of the theater) and M. F. Danilevskii. The major director of the Gorky Theater for Young People from 1944 to 1970 was Honored Art Worker of the RSFSR V. L. Vital’ev. Since 1970. B. A. Naravtsevich has directed the theater.


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