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Golden Mask on Screen: the Play “The Thunderstorm”

12April 23, 2017 at 15:00
Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center

As part of the Golden Mask on Screen theater program, we will show Alexander Ostrovsky‘s The Thunderstorm, staged by the G.A. Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater. Cost of a ticket: 450 rubles. Tickets can be purchased at the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center (+7-953-961-37-49) and online at

The Thunderstorm was staged by this theater for the first time in its one-hundred-year-long history. The creators of the play – the director Andrei Moguchy, the composer Alexander Manotskov, and the designer Vera Martynova – turn from the modern point of view to the origins of Russian theater –psychological  theater, revealing new facets of Ostrovsky‘s text. The result is a Russian interpretation of a classical tragedy as a conflict between duty and feeling, and between impetuous passion and fierce faith on a stage designed in Palekh style.

There is almost no stage scenery, and thus the spectators’ attention is directed to the acting and the actors’ eсcentric costumes. The characters look like scary gods clad in black, which is absolutely not authentic for Ostrovsky’s plot. Katerina alone lightens the gloomy space of the stage with her bright red hair and red dress, repeating the familiar phrase, “Why can’t people fly like birds?”

Directed by: Andrei Moguchy

The cast: Dmitry Borobyov, Sergey Losev, Alexander Kuznetsov, Marina Ignatova, Aleksei Vinnikov, Victoria Artyukhova, Nina Alexandrova, and others.  

Running time : 2 hours 15 minutes, with one intermission.

Age limit: 16 and up

Nominated for the Golden Mask Award 2017 in the following categories: Best Drama Performance; Best Director’s Work; Best Designer’s Work; Best Costume Designer’s Work; Best Supporting Male Role; Best Supporting Female Role. 

Background information:

The Golden Mask on Screen program is a joint Project of the Golden Mask Festival and the CoolConnections art association and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Russia and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. The program has existed for three years. Its format lets cinema goers “visit“ the country‘s best theaters without leaving their home towns. 

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