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  Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theatre
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A noted drama theatre in Ukraine. The theatre hosts a classical repertoire as well as music performances.

Theatre was established in Vinnytsia, since 1923 it works in Kharkiv, since 1926 - in Kyiv. If you will come up by the old Horodetsky lane from Khreshchtyk, the main street of Kyiv, in some minutes you'll be impressed by fairy-tale magic of white-blue building of the National theatre named for Franko. There are many legends about it and it's already one century people are charmed by its artistic magic... Outstanding artists - Mykola Solovtsov, Kote Mardzhashvili, Les Kurbas come to the audience here with their teams. The art of the theatre in difficult Soviet times developed not always progressively. State system was trying to politicise the troupe, unify its aesthetic. Sometime it was successful. But in the best stage works (that was classic mainly) theatre was the example of independent philosophical, artistic thinking, spiritual liberation. Last 22 years the place of director of the First Ukrainian stage belongs to outstanding director Sehiy Danchenko. "Danchenko's" generation of theatre makers is brave in thematic and genre selection of oerformances, searching for fresh expressive tools. Respecting the best national traditions, theatre is willing to stay closer to the achievements of the modern European art. Now theatre is working on getting into the European theatre space. Last decade theatre quite often visiting foreign countries: Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia. Theatre has international prizes and honourable awards. Actors, directors, scenographers, composers and performances of the theatre repeatedly became an awardees of theatre prize "Kyivska Pektoral". The odeum of the theatre was renewed in 2000, great restoration works has been done. Audience that comes to the performance is covering the aura of the antiquity, architectural aesthetics of the XIX century, but the hot nerve of modern life is pulsing at the stage...

3, I. Franka Square, Kyiv

Phone: +(38.044) 229.2950

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  • Updated May 9, 2003
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