One of the most famous drama theaters in Kiev is the Lesya Ukrainka Academic Theater of Russian Drama. The journalists 44. a decided to tell when and how this theater was born, what is the history of the building in which it operates to this day, where the theater is located, how to get to it and what performances you can go to.
The building that currently houses the Lesia Ukrainka Theater in question is known as the Teatro Bergonier. It was founded by a French entrepreneur Auguste Bergonier in 1868, at the intersection of Bohdan Khmelnitsky and Pushkinskaya streets. The first buildings were built in 1874, and then in 1875. The theater was designed by the Ukrainian architect Vladimir Nikolaev.
Bergonier, in fact, did not found a theater, but built a theater and circus complex to earn money on rent. For example, Prince Obolensky rented it for the Alkazar Theater. In 1878, Bergonier decided to complete another two-storey stone building. The theater was located on the first floor, and the Lion Hotel was on the second. The theater was rented by various troupes.
In 1882, the complex was converted into a drama theater. The tenants changed, but since 1884, the Moscow troupe of actors Nikolai Solovtsov began to regularly come to Kiev. It was they who later became the basis for the future Lesya Ukrainka Theater.
Later, films were shown in the building, other troupes performed, and even parliamentary meetings were held. This stage included the Young Theater, the Red Army Theater, and the Max Maksin-Miloradovich Theater of Miniatures.
The aforementioned Solovtsov Theater was officially established as a permanent theater already in 1891. Despite the fact that they repeatedly toured in their future building, the first performances took place in the building of the Ivan Franko Theater.
The Solovtsov Theater was nationalized in 1919, already under Soviet rule. In the early 1920s, Les Kurbas's Berezil Theater was based at the Bergonier Theater, to which the Solovtsov Theater was later transferred. The troupes constantly moved between buildings, but in the end, in 1925, the restoration of the Bergonier building began, and in 1926 the former Solovtsov Theater finally settled here. In 1941, this theater was named after Lesya Ukrainka.
Since then, for more than 90 years, the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama has been working in its unchanged premises, surprising the audience with all the new productions. These are "The Living Corpse" by Leo Tolstoy, and "The Moral of Lady Dulskaya", and Trees Die Standing, "and" Warsaw Melody ", and" Good Men ", and many, many other performances.
At the Lesia Ukrainka Theater, at different times, many artists worked, including quite popular people. These are Vasily Aristov, and Mikhail Romanov, and Maria Strelkova, and Lydia Kartashova, and Valeria Draga, and Mikhail Belousov, and others.
“We must love. It is necessary that there be a sincere desire to do something pleasant for a person. It is necessary not to see an opportunity to exist without this person. And then there will be marriage forever. "
Andrey Myagkov was 82 years old, 57 of which he lived with Anastasia Voznesenskaya and died in her arms.
In the acting environment, their pair was considered unique. Not because both are talented, and not even because the marriage lasted so many years. Moreover, for both, he became the first and only one, without any training. The main thing is that they were always and everywhere together. And they didn't need anyone else.
Colleagues jokingly called them Siamese twins. Myagkov and Voznesenskaya tried to act together, played in the same theater (first in Sovremennik, then in the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater). We have never rested separately, and even more so - from each other. All my life, to the last, they walked holding hands. And over the years they have become similar to each other. Not only by characters, but also externally.
Masterpieces of the USSR: Poor Liza. TV show with Myagkov and Voznesenskaya based on the story of Nikolai Karamzin (1967) (Soviet television. GOSTELERADIOFOND of Russia)
Andrey Myagkov and Anastasia Voznesenskaya in the TV show "Poor Liza" Subscribe to the channel "Council ...
But they might never meet ... Anastasia is a Muscovite, was born 5 years later than Andrei. He is a Leningrader who grew up in a family of teachers (his father is a professor at the Technological Institute). The exact sciences were not alien to Andrei, his parents advised him to become a chemist, although in high school Myagkov became interested in theater. However, he did not dare to contradict his father. Moreover, the condition was feasible: "Go to college, get a profession, and then do this stupidity."
Andrey entered chemical engineering. But he graduated only thanks to the student theater. It was there, and not at lectures and seminars, that he studied for real. At one of the performances, he was noticed by the teachers of the Moscow Art Theater School, who came to Leningrad in search of talents.
Having received the diploma of a chemical engineer, Myagkov managed to start his career at the Institute of Plastics. But “this stupidity,” which his father had warned about, turned out to be so contagious that Andrei could no longer think about anything other than the theater. What plastics? What kind of chemistry? All his thoughts were occupied with the theater.
In addition, he was in love with fellow student Tamara Abrosimova, who was also fascinated by the scene. Rehearsals, tours - they were everywhere together. Until the girl left for Moscow to enter the Moscow Art Theater School. The communication of the lovers continued. Long farewell, short meetings ... 2 years later, Myagkov himself entered the Studio School. This is where Tamara and Andrei could unite. After all, we have known each other for so many years ... But when he saw Nastya Voznesenskaya among classmates, Myagkov simply disappeared. Although Irina Miroshnichenko, Vera Alentova, Maria Sternikova studied with him. And Nastya had no end to her fans. In the second year, in 1963, Andrei and Asya got married. And Tamara, in the same year having received an actress diploma, returned to Leningrad.