Tatar State Drama and Comedy Theatre Named After Karim Tinchurin

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This used to be a kolkhoz theatre, created in 1933 on the initiative of the First All-Union Convention of Kolkhoz Best Workers as a branch of the Tatar National Academic Theatre.

The new theatre was the idea of playwright Karim Tinchurin, who had just finished the play Bulat Babai's Family, written in collaboration with Kavi Najmi. The newly formed company staged the play and performed it in the village of Shali, Pestrechinsky District, Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. The company was originally made up by actors renowned at the time, such as Gulsum Bolgarskaya, Ibragim Shagdaleyev, Bibinur Galiullina, and others. The company has always staged foreign, as well as Russian, plays. The current repertoire of the Drama and Comedy Theatre includes plays based on the works of William Shakespeare, Federico Garcia Lorca, Erich Maria Remarque and Slawomir Mrozek. However, the core playlist consists of Tatar comedies and dramas.

The company did not have a permanent home until 1988, when it moved into a 1850 building, constructed to the design of Ksavery Skarzhinsky, and later remodelled by Fyodor Amlong. The latest restoration of the building ended in 2009. Director Rashid Zagidullin has led the company since 1993.