Marriage 10/06/2019

Program for the Far Eastern Federal District



Alexandrinsky theatre (St. Petersburg, Russia)
The author of the work:
N. V. Gogol
2 h. 30 min. Performance runs with one interval
January 18, 2008
The language of performance:
Laureate of Russian national theatre award "Golden Mask"
Nikolay Gogol’s “Marriage” premiered in Alexandrinsky Theatre in 1842 The part of Podkolesin in that premiere performance was played by a great Russian actor Aleksandr Martynov. Since that time, alongside “The Inspector General”, “Marriage” has traditionally been a part of the repertoire of Alexandrinsky Theatre. Various interpretations of Gogol’s plays have often defined the creative mindset of the theatre troupe and formed the foundation of its repertoire. Valery Fokin, artistic director of Alexandrinsky Theatre, turned to “Marriage” after “The Inspector General”, as he has been seeking inspiration in Gogol’s work for many years already.
This production was dedicated in time for Gogol’s bicentennial. In his production, Valery Fokin concentrates on the acute conflict between the absurd, almost slapstick reality and the protagonist’s inner world that he seeks to protect, which prompts him to perform most incredible tricks and participate in outlandish attractions of demonic inspiration. One such attraction is the story of six potential bridegrooms seeking the hand of merchant’s daughter Agafya Tikhonovna Kuperdyagina, who seems not to be able to find a fiance who — in her mind — would have all the necessary human virtues. The slapstick comedy is shown from the inside and the outside on the stage set designed by Alexander Borovsky. His setup underscores the active dynamics between the shifts from the world of inner fantasies of the character who is seen lounging on a comfortable Oblomov-type sofa into the outside world, full of animosity and instability where he feels very uncertain.


Yulia Marchenco

Agafya, the bride

Svetlana Saichenko

Arina Panteleimonovna, aunt

People’s Artist of Russia Igor Wolves

Podkolesin employee

Ivan Efremov

Kochkarev, friend Podkolesin

Paul Urinov

Scrambled eggs, executor

Victor Shuralev

Anuchkin, retired officer

Valentin Zakharov

Zevakin, sailor

Lyubov Butyrskaya

Panteleev, the official

Julia Sokolova

Dunya, the girl in the house

Vladimir Lisiecki

Elderly people, hostedware

Vladimir Minchin

The guy with the Gostiny Dvor

Nikolay Belin

Stephen, servant Podkolesin

Valery Fokin
Scenography, costumes
Alexander Borovsky
Leonid Desyatnikov
The musical Director of play assistant Director
Ivan Blagoder
Lighting designer
Damir Ismagilov
Alexey Miroshnichenko
Assistant Director
Maria Gavrilova
Assistant Director
Lyudmila Filippova