Oleg Tabakov Theatre

This theatre in the basement of a residential building in Chistye Prudy neighbourhood dates back to the late 1970s, the dawn of the "studio movement." It was the idea of Oleg Tabakov, then a Sovremennik Theatre actor with a dream of his own theatre. Tabakov recruited his company from among his pupils at GITIS. Muscovites quickly fell in love with the minuscule theatre, christening it "Tabakerka" (Snuff-box). Over the years, all Tabakerka actors attained stardom. Many of them, while remaining faithful to Tabakerka, also play at MKhT, where their boss Oleg Tabakov has remained the creative director since 2000. All these great actors - Evdokiya Germanova, Andrey Smolyakov, Vladimir Mashkov, Yevgeny Mironov, and Sergey Bezrukov – started their careers at Tabakerka. The best-known stage directors discovered at Tabakerka are Mindaugas Karbauskis, currently stage director-in-chief of Mayakovsky Theatre, and Konstatin Bogomolov, the enfant terrible of Moscow's theatrical scene, currently an object of rivalry between the MKhT and the Lencom. In 2016 a new stage of Tabakerka was opened to the public in a multi-storey complex at Sadovoye Koltso (Garden Ring) and Ulitsa Gilyarovskogo (Gilyarovskogo Street), where the theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary.