Moscow Young Generation Theatre

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One of the first children's theatres in the USSR, the Moscow Young Generation Theatre opened in the 1920s in a 19th-century building that in 1911 had been renovated to house a private theatre. In the 1920s the building was home to the Young Experimental Theatre before housing the Moscow Young Generation Theatre, originally known as the Pedagogical Theatre.
The theatre was geared for children and young people, becoming a blueprint for a network of similar youth theatres across the USSR. In 1987, with the arrival of the well-known Henrietta Yanovskaya as artistic director, and of her equally famous husband, the director Kama Ginkas, the repertoire was reviewed to cater for adult audiences. The changes brought the theatre numerous Golden Mask awards, yet the management has not forgotten about younger audiences altogether.
Yanovskaya herself regularly directs children's plays, including her well-known 6+ productions of "The Wolf and Seven Goats" ("Volk i Semero Kozlyat") and "The Cat's House" ("Koshkin Dom"). Kama Ginkas has put on some popular plays for pre-school 5+ audiences, such as Pushkin's "The Golden Cockerel" ("Zolotoy Petushok"), as well as productions such as Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince" ("Schastlivy Prints") for teenagers (12+). The Moscow Young Generation Theatre has many plays based on classics from the school curriculum, which become major social events for Moscow's theatre-lovers of all ages.