Yuriy Lubimov

Honoured Artist of the Soviet Union, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation

30.09. 1917  – 5.10.2014

Yury Petrovich Lyubimov was born 30 September, 1917 in Yaroslavl.

In 1934 he entered the Second Moscow Art Theatre Studio where later he played his first role (Jacques Duval’s Pleading for Life).

Two years later he entered the Drama School of The Vakhtangov Theatre where he had several roles as a student. Lyubimov played with Boris Shukin in The Man With a Gun (1937). In 1940 he graduated from the Theatre Institute and joined the army where in 1941-1946 he worked in the NKVD Arts Ensemble. Later he worked at The Vakhtangov Theatre, and was its leading performing artist (1946-1964).

Lyubimov’s first directing experience took place in 1959 when he staged Alexander Galich’s How Much Does a Man Need. In 1963, as a third-year student, Galich staged together with the students of The Shukin Theatre Institute Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan. This play marked the history of the Lubimov’s Taganka Theatre. Lyubimov left the Theatre in 2011 and in the present time is working with The Vakhtangov Theatre on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed.

Benedict (Much noise about nothing, 1936)
1st Signal Corps (Man With a Gun, 1937)
Cyrano (Cyrano de Bergerac, 1942)
Oleg Koshevoy (Young Guard, 1948)
Chris (All My Sons, 1948)
Pavel Yakovlevich Shubin (Before, 1948)
Anzholras (Les Miserables, 1950)
Kirill Izvekov (the first of joy, 1950)
Tyatin (Egor Bulychev and others, 1951)
Valentine (Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1952)
Treplev (Seagull, 1954)
Romeo (Romeo and Juliet, 1956)
Victor (Irkutsk Story, 1959)
Mozart (Small Tragedies, 1959)

What a man need by A. Galich, 1959

Troubled economy, 1946
Hazel Road, 1947
Robinson Crusoe, 1947
Boy from the outskirts of, 1947
Three meetings, 1948
Michurin, 1948
Kuban Cossacks, 1949
Belinsky, 1951
Goodbye, America!, 1951
Composer Glinka, 1952
Scene on the stage, 1956
Much noise about nothing (the drama), 1956
The Man from Earth, 1958
City lights fires, 1958
Kain XVIII, 1963
Farm on the steppe, 1970
Yegor Bulychev and others, 1971