Gogol Centre Theatre

Gogol Centre, which occupies the premises of the erstwhile Gogol Theatre, is a product of Moscow's "cultural revolution." This theatre in the back of Kursky Railway Terminal got a new creative director in 2012 – Kirill Serebrennikov, whose productions ran successfully on Moscow's top stages. The vigorous remodelling transformed the pitiful, peeling Stalin Empire building into a trendy loft with a convertible auditorium. The exposed brickwork of the new interiors is a reminder that this used to be a railway depot. The roomy lobby, which is open all day and evening, offers free Wi-Fi, a book stall, mediatheque and two cafés. The drastic repertoire rejuvenation has dragged the theatre out of the wings and placed it smack at the cultural centre-stage in just three seasons. It is now a "happening," relevant multicultural magnet, attracting droves of young people. Most recently, Gogol Centre has played the main stages of the world's two most prestigious theatre festivals, in Vienna and Avignon, in 2015.