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Theatre Without Audience

Published 13.08.08

In may of 2008 Russian Public Opinion Research Center represented data about what modern theatre production Russians remember, who they consider to be their favourite actors and directors and which theatres they like the most.

In the list of favourite modern theatres the first places were given to theatres of Moscow: The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Art Academic Theatre named after M. Gorky, Sovremennik theatre (all have 6%), Lenkom Theatre (4%), the Maly Theatre, Vakhtangov Theatre, Taganka Theatre (all have 2%), Moscow Art Theatre named after Chekhov, Tabakov Theatre, Theatre named after V.Mayakovsky, Moscow Academic Satire Theater, Satirikon theatre (all have 1%). Among non-Moscow theatres the following were mentioned most often: The Kachalov Drama Theatre in Kazan, Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre (all have 2%), Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg, Feodor Volkov Academic Drama Theatre in Yaroslavl, Belgorod Academic Drama Theatre named after Schepkin (all have 1%). 67% of respondents found it hard to name their favourite theatre.

The most popular contemporary theatre actors are Sergei Bezrukov (his name was mentioned by 5% of respondents), Yevgeni Mironov, Oleg Tabakov (both have 3%). 70% of respondents didn't mention any theatre actor's name.

Only 16% of respondents could name at least one theatre production they remember, 84% of respondents couldn't give any answer to this question. Among those who did, most mentioned classic productions The Cherry Orchard, Marriage, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, as well as rock-opera Juno and Avos (each of these was mentioned by 1% of respondents).

On the top of the list of favourite contemporary theatre directors there are Mark Zakharov (5%), Galina Volchek (3%), Yuri Lyubimov, Oleg Tabakov (2%). 84% of respondents found it difficult to name any director.

According to the results of another WCIOM survey, most Russians don't go to the theatre at all. Every fourth respondent (25%) never went to the theatre, every second respondent (49%) went there some time ago, but almost never goes there.

Data and Information: Russian Public Opinion Research Center

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