Театральный фестиваль им. А.П. Чехова
Wednesday 13 May 2015 - 00:00 to Friday 17 July 2015 - 00:00

The XII Chekhov International Theatre Festival takes place in Moscow this year from May to July, and once again offers an outstanding programme of events from all over the world to audiences in Russia. We are delighted to invite you to the UK selection of performances running as part of the World Series programme of this festival.

The UK World Series programme of the festival


(South Africa – UK)
Staged by
Choreographer – Mark Baldwin
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Rambert Сompany and Royal Ballet

On June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 at the Mossovet Theatre this new performance, world premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2014, will be presented by choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo in a unique artistic collaboration with multi award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin. Created by a team that includes the talents of current and former members of the Royal Ballet and Rambert, this ambitious production embraces an exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures live on stage. Mark Baldwin’s richly visceral choreography unites Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance, performed by an exceptional company of eighteen dancers and singers.

Official website of the production: http://inala.co.uk/


Sadler’s Wells, London, UK
Starring Sylvie Guillem 
Choreographed by: Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Mats Ek, William Forsythe 

On June 23, 24, 25 at the Mossovet Theatre Sylvie Guillem presents her final dance programme after an unparalleled career that has spanned almost 35 years of ballet and contemporary dance. The programme features new works by Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant and existing creations by Mats Ek and William Forsythe.

Sylvie Guillem began training at the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1977, and in 1981 joined the company’s corps de ballet, being promoted to the rank of ‘Etoile’ by Rudolf Nureyev at the age of 19. Since then she has performed all the leading roles of the classical repertoire with the world’s leading companies including The Royal Ballet, where she was principal guest artist for more than a decade. She has also performed with the world’s most famous companies including the Mariinsky, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala, Milan.  Since 2004 she has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, and has forged a second, hugely successful career as a dancer in new and contemporary works.


Company «1927» (London, UK)
Based on the novel by Gustav Meyrink
Author and Director – Suzanne Andrade
Duration – 1 h 30 min without intermission
Presented in English with Russian subtitles

On June 23, 24, 25, 26 (m., n.), 27 (m., n.) on the stage of Mayakovsky Moscow Theatre the UK theatre company 1927 presents its latest show “Golem”.  Taking as a starting point the myth of The Golem – the story of a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him – 1927 have created an original production exploring man and his machines.  Located in a fictional yet familiar world, where technology and the market economy have evolved to a point of transcending the boundaries of human control, the Golem has become a ‘must have’ indispensable ingredient for a better life. But its very existence also threatens those who created it.

1927 conjure a world so complete it feels as if you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole.”
The Guardian

Founded in 2005 the Company 1927 works across theatre, opera, music and dance and crosses borders metaphorically, during performances, and literally, through tours in the UK and internationally. Their show ‘The Animals and Children Took to the Streets’ (featured in the Chekhov International Festival in 2013) was presented over 400 times in 80 venues across 28 countries, including 3 seasons at the National Theatre in London.  Their repertoire also includes ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’, ‘Krazy Kat’, ‘The Magic Flute’ and this latest production ‘Golem’.  Completely synchronising live performance and music with stunning animation and film, Golem is the latest follow-up to 1927’s international hit shows.  The London-based company is an Associate Company of the Young Vic Theatre and also Resident Artists at Stratford Circus.. 


The Chekhov International Theatre Festival was established by the International Confederation of Theatre Associations.  The First Festival was held in the Autumn of 1992.  During its 23 years of history the Festival has undergone some considerable changes and has become a much-awaited event for all those who love theatre. The British Council has been a long-term partner of the Festival, promoting British culture to Russian audiences in Moscow and beyond.

The programme of the XII Chekhov International Theatre consists of:

The World Series Programme
The Programme of Moscow Theatres
The Regional Programme