Russian and Soviet Theatre

Russian and Soviet Theatre

Tradition and the Avant-Garde

  1. Konstantin Rudnitsky
  2. Translation from Russian by Roxane Permar
  • ISBN 9780500281956
  • 29.00 x 24.50 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 320pp
  • 457 Illustrations, 64 in colour
  • First published 2000
‘Kaleidoscopic but controlled; it conveys the energy, the joy even, of the Russian theatre … a pleasure’ – The Times Literary Supplement


In the interval between the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 the Russian theatre of the future was already an obsessive preoccupation for writers, directors and designers. Lenin proclaimed that theatre had to be ‘greater than a spectacle’, and directors, designers, playwrights and artists rose to the challenge, creating an aesthetic revolution which is still inspiring today’s dramatists.

Russian and Soviet Theatre documents the extraordinary developments of the years from about 1900 to 1932. It presents an astonishing wealth of previously unpublished material, including over 450 illustrations showing performances directed by Meyerhold, Eisenstein and Mikhail Chekhov, with designs by some of the greatest modernist artists of the age, including Malevich, Larionov and Rodchenko. Visually exhilarating and critically perceptive, this book is a unique record of this formative period in modern theatre.