Visit a classical Russian theatre
The Maly Theatre remains classical in its principles. Its repertoire consists of plays based on the Russian classical literature. And stage practice still holds a cult of acting as the base.
From the beginning the word “maly” (means “small” in Russian) was not even written from a capital letter because it has just described a size of a building that was not as big as nearby Bolshoi theatre intended for ballet and opera performances. But soon words “Bolshoi” and “Maly” became proper names and today they are used today in Russian all over the world.
While Pushkin was still alive, “Maly” made stage performances based on three of his works: “Ruslan and Ludmila” (1825), “The Fountain of Bakhchisaray” (1827) and “The Romany” (1832).
Direction of plays after Gogol is the equally important stage of Maly theatre history. The author himself wrote a letter with recommendations on staging to Shchepkin because he wanted this play to be correctly understood. Maly theatre also made a production of the “Dead Souls” that was followed by “The Marriage” and “The Players”.
Turgenev also was a huge virtuosity of the Maly theatre. He wrote “A single man” and “Fortune's Fool” specially for Maly theatre and its coryphée Shchepkin. The first night of “Krechinsky's Wedding” by Sukhovo-Kobylin was at Maly theatre too.
Many years passed by, epochs changed, new generation came — but actors of this celebrated stage kept the successive line and saved and developed the best of realistic performance traditions of the oldest Russian theatre. Its creative methods had been improved which has led to a new scenic school. A the same time artistic skills of Moscow scene masters acquired their unique traits which allow to give Maly theatre a special place a history of drama theatre.