This academic theatre with a century-long history began as a studio attached to Moscow Art Theatre (MKhT). It bears the name of its founder Yevgeny Vakhtangov, who was an actor, director and teacher at MKhT. For decades, the company's signature was Carlo Gozzi's Princess Turandot, staged by Vakhtangov in 1922, and acclaimed as one of the best theatre productions of all times. Yevgeny Vakhtangov Theatre has successfully capitalized on its brand and its reputation as the keeper of Vakhtangov's tradition. Since the Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas took over, the theatre has played to a full house almost every night. The company's regular tours in London, Paris and New York have cemented its claim to fame as Russia's biggest commercial success story among drama theatres. The core of the company's repertoire is made up of "serious" classics, but the light-hearted genres – comedy, vaudeville and operetta – are not excluded. Since recently, the company has been experimenting with modern dance.