Master’s Lessons (1990)

The performance “Master’s Lessons” became the most significant work of Roman Viktyuk on the stage of the Vakhtangov Theatre.

In the black and white space of artist V. Boer Stalin, Zhdanov, Prokofyev and Shostakovich appeared as heroes of the political farce.  The play told how the Soviet leaders, sneering at composers, composed their own music. The performance was larger and more complex than the English play. The Russian actors brought their depth, pain and understanding of the terrible paradoxes of history in it.

Main Stage

Premiere was on 12 February 1990

Characters & Cast:

Stalin Mikhail Ulyanov
Zhdanov Aaleksandr Filippenko
Prokofiev Yury Yakovlev
Shostakovich Sergey Makovetskiy
Sergeant Galina Konovalova


Production Roman Viktyuk
Stage director Lyudmila Maksakova
Scenography Vladimir Boer
Costumes Decorator Sigrun Ulfarsdopir
Translation Sergey Volynets
Music Boris Petrov
Voice Sergey Donets