Princess Turandot (1963)

A production of Evgeniy Vakhtangov of 1922. In 1963 R. N. Simonov reopened the performance with the best skills of the news generation of actors — Yu. Borisova, N. Gritsenko, M. Ulyanov, Yu. Yakovlev, L. Maksakova.

The intention of the production of Evgeniy Vakhtangov was clearly defined by P. Markov: “it’s not a fairy tale about the cruel princess Turandot that actors have to play in this performance. It’s not just the content of this fairy tale that they must bring to spectators — but this very contemporary attitude to her, their irony, their smile at the address of the tragic contents of the fairy tale merged with love for her — this is what has to appear as the new contents of the performance. It’s not the fabulous world that has to appear on the stage, but the theatrical world. The representation of the fairy tale has to appear on the stage. Everything in this performance must sound as an improvisation. The stagecraft is the axis on which the performance must turn”.

For years to come this performance has become the standard of the theatre, a touchstone for many young actors, like it was at the times of E. Vakhtangov. Generations change, and the performance is still living on this stage.

Main Stage

Premiere was on 3 April 1963

Characters & Cast

Altoum,
Chinese emperor
Mikhail Dadyko
Turandot,
Chinese princess his daughter
Yulia Borisova
Adelma,
Tatar duchess, Turandot’s slave
Lyudmila Maksakova
Zelima,
Turandot’s slave
Ekaterina Raykina
Skirina,
Zelima’s mother
Irina Bunina
Timur,
knight of Astrakhan
Anatoly Katsynsky
Qualaf
his son
Vasiliy Lanovoy
Barakh (Gassan),
Quallaf’s tutor
Harry Dunts
Ismail Eugeny Fedorov
Pantalone,
Altoum’s secretary
Yury Yakovlev
Tartalia,
Great Chancellor
Nikolai Gritsenko
Truffaldino,
Turandot ‘s harem master
Maxim Grekov
Brigella,
head of the guard
Mikhail Ulyanov
Wiseman,
Divan members
Anatoliy Borisov
Mikhail Zharkovsky
Ernst Zorin
Vladimir Kolchin
Vladimir Shlezinger
Turandot’s slaves Elena Dobronravova
Alla Parfanyak
Agnessa Peterson
Marianna Vertinskaya
Alla Demidova
Z. Tsakhilova
A. Chernova
Slaves Nikolai Gladkov
Nadir Malishevskiy
Backstage servants Mikhail Vorontsov
Nina Nehlopchenko
Darya Peshkova
L. Snezkova
N. Korneva
L. Savelova

Crew

Production Eugeniy Vakhtangov
Reproduction Ruben Simonov
Reproduction Decorator Meley Vinogradov
Decorator Ignatiy Nivinskiy
Translation Mikhail Osorgin