One of the most popular drama theatres of the Russian Federation. Founded in 1921 by Eugene Vakhtangov.
Nowadays the core idea of the Vakhtangov Theatre is a harmony of a perfect form and a profound psychological content. Performances vary from ancient tragedy to the most relevant comedy; include drama, operetta, choreography show and many others.
The present artistic leader of the Vakhtangov Theatre is the multy-award-winning director Rimas Tuminas, who combines the great origins of the Vakhtangov theatre and a precise sense of the modern art.
The creative life of the Vakhtangov Theatre is rooted in the Russian culture history, and at the same time, it sets its gaze on the future.
Eugene Vakhtangov, a brilliant student of Konstantin Stanislavsky (the creator of the internationally acclaimed Method), believed that the actor is the crucial element of any theatre performance. He also trusted that the essence of theatre should be ‘theatrical’, and created an onstage world of fantastic, magical, and fairy-tale events while retaining Stanislavsky’s psychological acting inventions.
The Vakhtangov Theatre knew flourishing seasons and difficult times, and over 10 years ago it stepped into the new period of its development. In 2007, Rimas Tuminas was appointed Artistic Director of the Vakhtangov Theatre. He has been staging his ‘signature’ productions in a manner of a total-theatre mix of words, music, mime and symbolism. If it’s not the carnival of Eugene Vakhtangov, it is undeniably a festivity anticipation and aspiration.
Rimas Tuminas directs performances in many theatres of Europe and Russia, always attracting attention and being appreciated by both general public and refined theatre critics. The Artistic Director shows great discernment in his choice of actors, cherishing the older generation and bringing up younger and promising performers.
Under Rimas Tuminas’ leadership the theatre has developed into one of the most prominent theatre companies touring all over the world. Rimas Tuminas opens the world for the Vakhtangov Theatre sending major performances on tour, and opens doors of the Theatre for talented directors and actors – both Russian and foreign.