Slonov, Ivan Artemevich

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Slonov, Ivan Artem’evich


Born May 22 (June 3), 1882, in Moscow; died Sept. 19, 1945, in Saratov. Soviet Russian actor. People’s artist of the RSFSR (1938).

Slonov’s stage career began in 1903. He acted at Komissar-zhevskaia’s Theater in St. Petersburg from 1904 to 1906 and at provincial theaters until 1915. He was a leading actor at theaters in Odessa and Kiev. His roles included Chatskii in Griboe-dov’s Woe From Wit, Karandyshev in Ostrovsky’s The Poor Bride, and Nil in Gorky’s Smug Citizens.

After 1915, Slonov worked with the Saratov Theater, which he actively participated in establishing and developing. Among his most important roles were Ferdinand in Schiller’s Kabale und Liebe, the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Khlestakov in Gogol’s The Inspector-General, Kutuzov in Solov’ev’s Field Marshal Kutuzov, Arbenin in Lermontov’s Masquerade, Gai in Pogodin’s My Friend, Shvandia in Trenev’s Liubov’ Iarovaia, and Granatov in Faiko’s Man With a Suitcase. Slonov also staged many productions at the Saratov Theater. He taught after 1916.

The Saratov Theatrical School was named in honor of Slonov in 1933.


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