Captured live in HD from the stages of Russia's greatest theater companies, the Stage Russia HD series brings the mastery of Russian theater to Western cinema audiences. In collaboration with SpectiCast Entertainment and Kinematika Studios, the inaugural season kicks off in September 2016 with the Vakhtangov Theatre’s magical production of Alexander Pushkin’s EUGENE ONEGIN.
Stage Russia HD features a broad mix of genres and styles, including classic productions, dance pieces, satirical works, and Soviet era surrealism - some with familiar titles and others that are lesser known to Western audiences, but which provide a small peek into what’s called the Russian soul...which, in typical Russian fashion is, of course, elusive.
All programs are presented in Russian with English subtitles.
In the press:
Pushkin and Chekhov stagings to be shown in U.S. and Canada cinemas
- Russia Beyond the Headlines
Russian Theater to Show in US Movie Houses
- John Freedman
The Russians are Coming! (To a Theatre Near You)
- Knight Canney Group
First produced in 1904 at The Moscow Art Theatre under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavsky, this production of Anton Chekhov's classic tale of cultural futility, starring Russian stage and screen legend Renata Litvinova, is more relevant today than it was over a hundred years ago. Adolf Shap... more
Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina, this Vakhtangov Theatre production of ANNA KARENINA is a modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, originally published in serial installments from 1875 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Telling the life story of the... more
Based on the short story by Anton Chekhov, THE BLACK MONK tells the tragic tale of philosophy student Andrey Vasil'ich Kovrin. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Kovrin decides to visit his childhood friend Tanya Pesotsky at the estate of her father. As he and Tanya develop a relationsship and ... more
Performed by the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre under the direction of Galina Volchek and Alexander Savostianov, this play is based on the 1936 novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. Set in the interwar period in Germany, THREE COMRADES is the story of Robert Lohkamp, whose somewhat disillus... more
The plot of Nikolai Erdman’s THE SUICIDE, centers around a young, unemployed man, Semyon, desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. The Inte... more
Set in the Chinese city of Sichuan, this play by German theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht, tells the story of Shen Te, a prostitute suddenly favored by the gods. But the more she tries to embody their morality, the more troubles fall on her head...until the sudden appearance of her cousin Shui ... more
Venedict Erofeev’s MOSCOW-PETUSHKI, aka “Moscow to the End of the Line,” is a novella completed in 1970 that became a classic long before it was finally published in the Soviet Union in 1989. Venichka, the unlucky hero of the poem who appreciates his vodka, only wants to reach the end of the l... more
Eugene Onegin has often been referred to as an encyclopedia of 19th century Russian life. Rimas Tuminas’ reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin’s characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination.The scale of the production constantly... more