Maly Theatre, Bolshaya Ordynka, Moscow

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Maly Theatre is a theatre in Moscow, Russia, principally associated with the production of plays. Established in 1806 and operating on its present site on the Theatre Square since 1824, the theatre traces its history to the Moscow University drama company, established in 1756. In the 19th century, Maly was "universally recognized in Russia as the leading dramatic theatre of the century", and was the home stage for Mikhail Shchepkin and Maria Yermolova. 40 of Alexander Ostrovsky's 54 plays premiered at Maly, and the theatre was known as The House of Ostrovsky. The Maly Theatre in Moscow and Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg "to a great extent determined the development of Russian theatre during the 19th and 20th century".Maly Theatre positions itself as a traditional drama theatre that produces classical heritage plays. The current program of Maly includes plays by Russian authors from Denis Fonvizin to Mikhail Bulgakov, and a single play by Molière. The second stage of Maly, located in Zamoskvorechye District, also performs plays by W. Somerset Maugham, Luigi Pirandello and Eugene Scribe. Maly had a long tradition of producing William Shakespeare but, as of 2009, performs only one Shakespearian play, Love's Labour's Lost on its second stage.
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  • The branch of the Maly theater on Bolshaya Ordynka near the Sadovoe koltso (ring) and the metro stations "Dobryninskaya" and "Serpukhovskaya" has always been significantly different from the main... 
    The branch of the Maly theater on Bolshaya Ordynka near the Sadovoe koltso (ring) and the metro stations "Dobryninskaya" and "Serpukhovskaya" has always been significantly different from the main...  more »
  • Well, this is by far my favorite drama theater in Moscow. They treat classics very carefully and with great respect. You would not see some modern interpretations for 19 century story. There are two....  more
    Well, this is by far my favorite drama theater in Moscow. They treat classics very carefully and with great respect. You would not see some modern interpretations for 19 century story. There are two....  more »

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