The theatre acquired the status of a professional theater in 1850, when a traveling cast of actors stayed in Irkutsk. Since the very first steps, the theater received the reputation of “one of the best provincial temples of Melpomene”.
The theatre was built to design of architect V.A. Shreter in 1897 in classicism style with the donation of the city’s merchants and civil servants, at the initiative of Governor General A.Goremykin.
In 1999, after the reconstruction of the building, the theater received a chamber stage with a vestibule, cloakroom and lobby. The theater has a transformed stage and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment.
The staff does its best to put on stage the best achievements of international and Russian drama. Alongside with that the theatre pays tribute to plays of playwrights, which are now considered to be of purely Irkutsk origin: A. Vampilov, V. Rozov, A. Arbuzov, V. Gurkin, L. Razumovskiy, Yu. Knyazev, N. Kolyada, S. Lobozerov. The theatre is taking constant steps to discover new names and expand the range of interesting actors. One of the attempts in this direction is starting the All-Russian Theatrical Festival of Modern Drama after A. Vampilov. Since 2005, the theatre has been conducting youth’s festival of amateur theatres “Ruby Sails”. The cast often goes on tours over Russia and abroad.
|Address:||Irkutsk region, Irkutsk, 14 Karla Marxa str.|