On Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 10:10 p.m. (Moscow time), the Federal TV Channel OTR (Public Television of Russia) will show the performance of the Kazan Academic Russian Bolshoi Drama Theatre named after V. I. Kachalov “Marriage”, staged by Ilya Slavutsky, as part of the project “Theatrical Russia” in the “Festival” program.
A special TV project “Festival” introduces the audience all over the country to the best performances of Russian Theatres, as well as masterpieces of classics. The main thing is that the performances are presented from the current theatrical repertoire.
An event in two acts “Marriage” based on the immortal Comedy by Nikolai Gogol has been taking place on the small stage of the Kachalov Theatre since December 2016.
This is the story of how the court adviser Ivan Podkolesin, after long hesitation, succumbing to the persuasions of his friend Kochkarev, decides to end his single life and get married the merchant's daughter Agafya Tikhonovna. But doubts torment the bride: which of the five candidates for her hand to choose, with whom to build their happiness.
In the chamber space of a Small stage, this infinitely funny and infinitely sad story about a desperate attempt to find happiness becomes a bitter story about the fatal loneliness of a person in the vast world of a big city, in the noisy bustle of everyday life, in an endless series of everyday life, where happiness seems to be an unfulfilled dream.
Leading actors of the theatre are engaged in the performance.
“Marriage” has received numerous awards, including the prize of the Biennale of theatrical art “Directing Lessons” (Moscow) and the prize of the festival “Audience Recognition”.
Elmira Shcherbakova - Chairman of the Council for International Cultural Cooperation of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly and general producer of the project “Theatrical Russia”:
“On Saturday, October 17, 10:10 (Moscow time) our “Festival’ was presented by the Kazan theatre on the TV Channel OTR. The Kachalov Academic Russian Bolshoi Drama Theatre has opened its 230th season! This is a theatre that “hears” its audience: it values every moment – with its beauty, absurdity, fun, tenderness. This is how you will see the play “Marriage” - fun, tender, a little absurd… The play was directed by a young, talented Director Ilya Slavutsky, whose sense of beauty always wins. This performance received the “Audience Recognition” award at the festival “Biennale of Theatrical Art. “Directing lessons”. I was happy to see my friends from Kazan on the stage of the great Vakhtangov Theatre! I was lucky I saw many productions of the legendary Gogol's “Marriage”. Kazanskaya struck me with its harmony in everything, both music and costumes, and one can list it for a long time, but most importantly, the Director managed to breathe the spirit of our flying time into the classics - it is very modern! Remember the name of the Director Ilya Slavutsky - I'm sure he will grow into a great master and we will see a lot of his interesting works.”