|History of the theatre
The theatre was based in
April 16, 1976. The main part of the theatre company became graduates from Novosibirsk and
Yaroslavl theatre colleges. For the first four years the theatre had no building, played
performances at schools, cultural centres and at other unadapted places of Vologda region,
went on tour on the Vologda area much.
The performance “Forgive me” directed by Valery Baronov was the first important event
for the young theatre. The play was written in creative cooperation with the writer Victor
Astafyev. The first night took place in a new building with the auditorium as an
amphitheatre at the end of 1979. But there was a problem with directors who didn’t stay
at the theatre for a long time. That’s why the theatre couldn’t find its own direction
In 1985 the theatre was headed by the present art director Boris Granatov. From that time
the Theatre for Children and Youth began a new stage of creative biography. Boris Granatov
and the scene designers Stepan Zograbyan and Olga Reznichenko develop author directing
principles at the theatre successfully finding new rhythms in works by Chekhov, Ostrovsky,
Shakespeare, Gogol, Pushkin, Vampilov and Gorky.
Our theatre has taken the central place in Vologda’s theatre life due to its
performances for grown-ups. However, its most performances are for the young spectators.
It is not a secret for anybody to understand Shakespeare it is necessary at first to learn
to understand a fairy-tale.
Boris Granatov has got what he wanted - to create a theatre with a special inner
atmosphere. He would like to bring up a professional theatre company acting world-known
plays in a country town. And he did it. On results of the competitions “the Window to
Russia” organized by the newspaper “Culture” Granatov’s theatre was recognized as
the best provincial theatre of Russia among 39 professional theatres in 2000.
From 1991 to 1994 there was a drama art studio-school at the theatre. Its graduates
L.Kochneva, A. Lobantsev, A. Petrik, O. Yuganova are the leading actors of the
Creative life of the company is connected not only with performances’ staging. The
actors study both classical dance and modern choreography directed by the skilled ballet
master Vera Fedotovskaya. There is regular practical work in singing directed by the
teacher Larisa Vasilyeva and in fencing conducted by the master of martial arts Oleg
Each season new young actors come to the theatre. There is love to business and creative
search in their work.