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First night in Moscow

Moscow theatre is starting to vibrate as powerfully as the streets

By Clem Cecil   May 2001

Moscow is a good place for the Third International Theatre Olympiad. Carnival processions no longer look out of place on the post-Soviet streets; after a slump in the 1990s, there is new life in theatre, as in all the arts in Moscow.

The classics continue to rule the stage-they provide support for an otherwise shaky sense of identity in Russia today. But they are served with a twist. Mikhail Zakharov, a leading director and veteran of Soviet theatre, has learnt that people want to be entertained. His production of Mistifikatsiya, adapted from Gogol’s Dead Souls, is more like a circus…

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