Rostov-on-Don Academic Youth Theatre

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During its more than 100-year history the building of the theatre on ploschad Svobody has been occupied by different theatre troupes – the Novo-Nakhachivansky Theatre, the Theatre of the Working Youth, the Young People’s Theatre. The theatre received its contemporary name and specialization in 2001.

Since the 1980s the Youth Theatre actively experiments with forms. In several plays the viewers become active participants, the action moves from the stage to the entrance area and foyer.

In the 1980s-1990s such directors, as Vladimir Chigishev, Vyacheslav Gvozdkov and Kirill Serebryannikov worked in the theatre. It was in the Youth Theatre (at that time called still the Young People’s Theatre) in 1987 for the first time was staged the cult rock drama "Hounds", which was based on the novel by Konstantin Sergienko "Farewell, hog wallow". The play was successful not only in Rostov-on-Don, but also in Moscow theatres and European stages. The play was shown in France, Japan, and Mexico.

Today the list of productions of the theatre include more than 20 plays based on the works of Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, Alexander Kuprin, Eric Emanuel Shmidt, William Saroyan. On the stage of the Youth Theatre international festivals take place, there is also an experimental stage for young directors, as well as some labs of contemporary dramatic art.