Imperial Hunt (2002)

Hardly anybody can explain actions of a woman, especially the one endowed with supreme authority. No one knows the real reason of her actions, whether she is moved by the state requirements or the female jealousy. “Imperial Hunt” is a play written by Leonid Zorin (“Warsaw Melody”, “Pokrovsky Gate”) and based on a true story. Empress Ekaterina II sends the Count Aleksey Orlov to Venice in order to seduce the impostor Elizaveta, who claims to Russian throne, and bring her to Russia. However, a gust of passion for Elizaveta enflames in him, and so Aleksey has to choose between the true feeling and the obligation to the Empress. Aleksey Orlov (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) is in a dilemma: on one side stands tough, decisive Empress (Mariya Aronova) who embodies the image of a powerful woman, and on the other – tender, fragile and touching Elizaveta (Anna Dubroskaya). Vladimir Vdovichenkov creates a courageous, strong and manful image of Count Orlov, the image of a “man’s man” that is so rarely seen on stage today. Those who are used to see Mariya Aronova in comedies will run into a surprise. ”Imperial Hunt” allows you to discover unique dramatic talent of the actress.

Main Stage

Premiere was on 3 November 2002

Characters & Cast

Ekaterina
Empress
Maria Aronova
Elizaveta Anna Dubrovskaya
Count Aleksey Grigoryevich Orlov Vladimir Vdovichenkov
Count Grigiry Grigoryevich Orlov Aleksey Zavialov
Evgeny Knyazev
Mikhail Nikitich Kustov Yury Kraskov
Princess Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova Elena Sotnikova
Boniperti
Elizaveta’s secretary
Yriy Chursin
Leonid Bichevin
Dmitry Solomykin
Denis Ivanovich Fonvisin
Playwright
Evgeny Kosyrev
Spartak Sumchenko
Lombardi
Rich stapler
Eugeny Fedorov
Vladimir Koval
Ruben Simonov
Rich stapler Alexander Ryshchenkov
Padre Paolo
Jesuit
Alexander Galevsky
Stepan Ivanovixh Sheshkovsky
Secretary of the Secret Expedition
Evgeny Karelskih
Aleksandr Pushkin
Prince Golitsyn Viktor Zozulin
Alexander Koznov
Beloglazov
Young gentleman
Oleg Lopuhov
Victor Dobronravov
Martynov
Lieutenant
Vasily Simonov
Ferapont Fomich
Old servant
Alexander Grave
Eugeny Fedorov
Andrei Zaretskiy
Vyacheslav Ivanov
Admiral Graig Ruben Simonov
Valery Ushakov
De Ribasse Kirill Rubtsov
Vladimir Beldiyan
Fyodor Kostylev
Sailor
Anatoliy Menshchikov
Egorushka Alexander Soldatkin
Artur Ivanov
Fedor Vorontsov

Crew

Director Vladimir Ivanov
Ser designer Iosif Sumbatashvili
Costumes Maxim Obrezkov
Svetlana Sinitsina
Lighting designer Sergey Martynov
Music Tatiana Agaeva
Choreographer Tatyana Borisоvа