New Experimental Theatre

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There are two more important buildings on the square. The first is occupied by the New Experimental Theatre headed by People’s Artist of Russia Otar Dzhangisherashvili, famous for his non-traditional approach to classical theatre.

The theatre was built in 1915 by merchant Alexander Repnikov and was first known as the House of Science and Arts. The reconstruction completed in 1952 turned this building into one of Volgograd’s first “city palaces”. If you look beyond the sculptured colonnade, you’ll see the restored pre-war facade. Until 1989 the building was home to the Volgograd Gorky Drama Theatre.