Trough the fairy - tales of the British writer Donald Bisset you will be pleased to learn of the lionet Sam, G and Bulldozer fighting on the Sam’s bed, cute animal Crococote, a tiger Bert that lost its stripes and a story of the missed birthday…
“Head over Heels” directed by Igor Ignatiev one of the best directors of the puppet theatres. Igor Ignatiev is an Art Director of the St. Petersburg puppet theatre “Skazka”, many of his performances became laureate of the Russian and International Prizes. “The Nutcracker and the Mouseking” won the Russian National Theatre Award “The Golden Mask” in 2000. “Head Over Heels” designed by Anna Ignatieva. She also received an Award “The Golden Mask” in the nomination “The Best Designer of the Puppet Theatre”.
Trough the fairy - tales of the British writer Donald Bisset you will be pleased to learn of the lionet Sam, G and Bulldozer fighting on the Sam’s bed, cute animal Crococote, a tiger Bert that lost its stripes and a story of the missed birthday…
Our unique performance «Baby» is dedicated to the youngest spectators from 1,5 to 3 years old. The authors of the performance, Yuri Ustugov and Olga Ustugova, practically without words, show us stories, which are very exciting and fascinating for the kids. It’s an incredible fantastic story about wonderful forest with its unusual inhabitants, about the origin of life and living beings, about the birth of a Baby. Thanks to the emotions, images and tactile sensations, using the language of colors and sounds, rhythms and movements our little spectators can follow the story. It’s an extraordinary show, where you can fantasize and think creatively. Young children can be endless creative. Among different forest inhabitants – insects, snails, animals and birds – they can observe how a little Baby born - appears. He learns to walk; he is crying and playing. The audience is happy to be involved in this game, because there is no «forth wall» between them and the actors. Together they start creating the performance.
- We love our “Pike” because of the pithiness and elegancy. The idea of our performance is based on the Russian folktale about Emelya. A Pike told him about the “magic words” that made all the wishes come true. By will of the Pike, does as Emelya likes - sledge goes home without horses, the wood chopped by itself, and Unsmiling Tsarevna Nesmeyana marries Emelya upon his will.
Funny glove puppets, a golden smiling sun on the round folding screen and many other techniques gladden the spectators during 75 years.
Tigrik Petrik is a name of a little tiger. This kind and polite baby tiger wants some … brave! And one day Tigrik Petrik set out on a search for it.
During the searching Tigrik Petrik met rowdy, troublesome and braggart animals … And It turned out, that a nice Tigrik Petrik is far from cowardice.
World famous and favorite fairy tale about three brothers – plumpy pink pigs with funny tails! In our puppet story everything begins with the beautiful weather, shining sun on a blue sky, fragrant flowers on a green grass. Naughty Nif –Nif and Nuf – Nuf love to have a lot of fun every day, they love to sing, dance and doing nothing. «What a piggery!» - offended by brothers Naf – Naf.
His is always busy with some work.
Only the bravest little spectators will see the incredible adventures of three little pigs and learn why the house for a little pig must be a fortress!
The end of our puppet story will be the famous song – «We’re not afraid of the gray wolf!»
The first story is about Alyonka and her curious Goose Dorofey. An artful Fox stole and hid a Goose in a stolen House. A cute Hedgehog lived in this House, but an artful Fox kicked Hedgehog away. With the help of small viewers Alyonka and Hedgehog found a way to wrap an artful Fox around finger!
The second story tells about honour and dignity and teach never peacock and laugh at your friends!
“Cute Hedgehog” is a performance for the youngest spectators. Green forest , lovely flowers and other colorful decorations invite our small spectators together with Alyonka to the magic world and meet with the forest dwellers.
You will enjoy kind and charming puppets, inspiring and dynamic story!
The youngest merchant’s daughter couldn’t even imagine how her big dream would become true. From far overseas countries her father brought her the promised gift – the desirable scarlet flower, which was the most beautiful flower in the world. The merchant gave his word of honor and had to pay a great price for it. To save her father from all misfortunes, - she left her birthplace voluntarily, expecting to find herself on a mysterious island, in a wild thicket.
But miraculously she saw an entranced beautiful garden, with never yet seen animals – birds, where the scarlet flower brightly shined. Where the host is a terrible Beast…
One of the reasons why the Theatre decided to stage the famous story of the Russian writer Sergey Aksakov - is to tell us about true love and big sacrifice, that a kind heart can do miracles. In the performance of Boris Konstantinov - simple human feelings, loving care and sincere compassion creates the entranced garden and determine the fate of the terrible host.
This fairy tale was born in the place where every day the sun is shining brightly and happily. This fairy tale was born in the beautiful East. For many years she travels around the world, hiding in hurdzhunah, hanging on the donkey’s Bekir back. His master is a humble Muzrab Agha – a puppeteer, or as in the East says – kugrchakboz – narrates us stories about good and evil, about different people living in the world – good and bad. But as in every real fairy tale - there are more good people – good always triumphs over evil.
This performance is unusual: this is a fantastic puppet carnival! The best and most known puppets from all over the world – gloves and rod puppets, shadow theatre, masks and carnival cutouts, marionettes – invite you to the magnificent and special world of puppets!
Transformations, metamorphosis, special effects bring adults and children to China, Greece, medieval Europe, Vietnam, India, Latin America, Russia. You will see the Giant Chinese dragons, very sophisticated Japanese puppets and the Vietnamese puppets on water; an Italian knights – marionettes and ritual masks from South America. The Russian Maslenitsa is presented by the life - size puppets. Punch, Petrushka, Pulchinella!
Brilliant numbers open the whole history of puppet theatre of different periods and national variants.
«An idea of “The golden Key” by Aleksey Tolstoy was taken from Italian fairy tale “Pinocchio” written by Carlo Collodi. But the adventures of Buratino and Pinocchio are quite different.
In our performance tree roles are played not by puppets, but by people: these are Papa Carlo, Karabas and the King. An actor, playing Buratino, changes his voice with the help of a special whistle (pischik), and speaks in the manner of the Russian Petrushka»
The original version of the famous fairy tales by Alan Alexander Milne –
a puppet musical with inspiring songs created by the popular Russian composer Alexander Zhurbin.
Funny and lovely Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Donkey Eeyore live in a play room of Christopher Robin.
On the base of a well-known story about Winnie the Pooh the authors using the best special and trick effects staged a lovely performance.
A piece by Nina Gernet, a classical puppetry playwriter, was written after Arabian fairy tales «One thousand and one nights». Initially this romantic love story was addressed to adults.
«Aladdin’s Magic Lamp» is one of the most wonderful performances of the Obraztsov Theatre. You will see an oriental city with the golden palaces,
a parade of marvelous rod puppets, a fabulous transformations and a magic fantasy. You will meet with severe Genie and the Lion - the Lord of desert. You will enjoy a romantic love story of Aladdin and the princess Budhur. A brave Aladdin entered the struggle for the love with the insidious Vizier and fought through every hardship.
We celebrated the 70th anniversary of «Aladdin’s magic lamp» in 2010 year.
Our musical performance consists of poems for “former children and future adults”, composed by two amazing storyteller and poet – Vadim Levin and Renata Muha.
This story happened in the dream of a little boy Aleshka on the eve of his birthday. His heroes are birds and animals, rain and puddles, snowmen and wondering puppy, night secrets and childhood dreams. And the main hero is - a little boy Aleshka.
His is a very happy boy: next to him are his daddy and mom, grandma and grandpa. A big and happy family - living all together. And all of them are - redheads. Sunny people! Aleshka loves to play and to fool around, to sculpt snowmen and to jump
in puddles! And in the evening to nestle next to daddy and together to read books.
To open the book and on the wings of the pages to start the travel! To have a walk
on the roofs, to sink to the bottom of the ocean, to hide in a dense forest and to reach the moon… To dream about a puppy…
“But most of all, however, I like my lovely puppy –
blusterer and nipper, but the most faithful friend!”
In a big woolen ball made of color threads leaved dreamy romantic Hedgehog and happy little Bear. How the summer is going? Together with the little Bear friend – playfully. Or very quiet, on tiptoe… Under the rain… Or flies on wings? In a dream of a beautiful Chamomile…The small inhabitant of the forest - Hedgehog - is a poet – he inspires the world around and reveals its unique beauty. His friend is a little Bear. A real friend. Enthusiastically, he follows Hedgehog’s ideas, sometime laughing on him – «a poet in a prickly fur coat». Hedgehog offended at him: «always, when you fly, I’m just waving my wings». Not sparing his paw, he rushes to find missing Hedgehog. And he understands the main thing:»if the Hedgehog doesn’t invite how to wipe the stars, no one would be able to see them».
This is a very soulful and lyrical performance - true story about friendship between Hedgehog and a little Bear, so different, but very important to each other. Few tales about the Hedgehog and the little Bear, composed by wonderful writer Sergey Kozlov - have created this performance, performed by Olga Belenkova and directed by Andrey Luchin.
Puppet story in 2 acts after the fairy tale by Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov
There are a lot of heroes in the world of the fairy tales: Princes and villains, dragons and sleeping beauties. But every country has its own favourite hero. In Sweden this Hero is Karlsson, Winnie the Pooh in England and The Little Prince in France.
One of the most popular fairy tale hero in Russia is the Magic Little Horse Konyok – Gorbunok. Konyok – Gorbunok is not only once magic character in this story, also the beautiful magic firebird and a huge Whale-fish. The the Whale – fish has 4 m of length and 2 m of height. Huge Monster makes a water blowout and when it opens its mouth swallowed ships set free!
One of the best magicians in Russia the honoured Artist Rudnev released his delusions on the stage in this performance!
The young spectators and their parents can watch a story, created on the basis of the Russian fairy tales written by Vladimir Lifshits. It is almost suspenseful detective story.
Once upon a time there live an old man and an old woman. One day they cooked tasty pancakes and wanted to make a feast of them, but suddenly sour cream disappeared! How to guess where is it?
An interesting puppet performance for children, directed by the honoured artist of Russia Andrey Dennikov – a laureate of “Triumph” Award, is a funny musical fairy tale about the adventures of the cute Vaska the Cat and its friends.
Cat, Lamb, Cock-a-doodle-doo, an old man and old woman – all these puppets play a story about the tricky Cat, its faithful friends and their adventures.
Performance in two acts after the fairy tale by Charles Perrault
Three sons received their father inheritance. The eldest brother gained the mill, and the middle brother attained the mules
The tale opens with the third and youngest son of a miller receiving his inheritance — a cat. The feline is no ordinary cat.
It is the beginning of a story telling us of a love for pets and naive ogre.
The fairy tales of Samuil Marshak continue to be favorite almost one hundred years and had been played on the stage of the Obraztsov Theatre time after time.
By the 130th anniversary of Samuil Marshak let us introduce a musical premier “Cat House” to you! The small spectators will meet with the Bushy elegante Cat and her numerous friends. A whole animal town will appear on the puppet stag: Funny pig with her piggies, bezoar Goat with his longhorn nanny Goat, sweet voiced Cock and a mother hen. And little kittens sing a sad song : Aunt , Aunt Catty , Look out the window!
Our performance is full of music and a lot of methods of puppet theatre, playful tricks and buffoonery.
The story of a human baby Mowgli, found himself in a wolf pack, started in the wild world of jungles. He had to pass a long way full of difficulties and challenges before he defeat the terrifying tiger Sher – Khan and wily jackal Tobacco. They have always believed that the weak will always become a prey for strong. Noble Akela, the leader of a wolf pack, wise bear Baloo, loyal Panther Bagheera always believe that the law of the jungle is different – «we are the same blood, you and I». This is the main reason why they saved and raised human baby Mowgli - taught him to be kind and courageous, showed him how to defeat evil. And «the wolf from free tribe»
becomes a man. «Good hunting to you, little brother!»
Play «Mowgli» for the puppet theatre created by the famous playwright Nina Gernet, author of many popular plays for puppet theatre, including «the Goose» and «the Magic lamp of Aladdin». Not only once, our theatre turned to her romantic fairytale «Mowgli». In 1945 Sergey Obraztsov and Victor Gromov staged a performance that becomes a legend of the puppet theatre. His artists were Boris Tuzlukov and Valentin Andrievich. For many years the performance stayed as one of the best in the repertoire of the theatre.
In 1987 director Vladimir Kusov and artist Vladimir Garbuzov re – staged «Mowgli». The inhabitants of the jungle were playing by puppets; the world around them was shown by video projection.
The new stage version of this wonderful play – is our dedication to these famous Obraztsov artists.
The performances is staged after “The Night Before Christmas”,
the first story in the second volume of the collection “Evenings on a Farm
Near Dikanka” by Nikolai Gogol.
Wonderful stenography, expressive characters of the puppets and scenic effects open the winter scenery of Dikanka, Ukraine , and perform a magic night before Christmas.
Since it is the night before Christmas you will see a witch flying across the night sky, the devil playing with the moon in the sky and the blacksmith Vakula riding a small demon and flying into the sky to St. Petersburg.
No doubt Vakula wins his beloved Oksana and to marry her.
Fantastic puppets variations after the roman of Jonathan Swift
A Britain writer of the XVIII century Jonathan Swift was an ardent admirer of the puppet theatre.
«The life of man to represent,
And turn it all to ridicule,
Wit did a puppet-show invent…»
A surgeon to the ship Mister Lemuel Gulliver has been telling us his singular adventures almost 300 years!
More than 50 specialty puppets were created for this performance: rod and flatbed puppets, machine puppets: giants legs, hands and head.
One act performance
“There once lived an old man and his good-wife on the shore of the deep blue ocean…”
The Puppet performance based on the favorite Pushkin’s fairy tale is about the way when you can get everything you wish and loose this because of a greed and stay behind the broken wash-tab.
Anything might be in the fairy tales!
There are a lot of puppet secret In the world of the Pushkin’s fairy tales, created by the Artist Victor Nikonenko. Some moving puppet heroes made in the Russian style of the folk toys.
Chamber performance based on Andersen’s fairy tale «The Snowman» was created
by director Boris Konstantinov and artist Eugenia Shahotko.
The audience can see how the winter landscape alive through the hands of master – puppeteer (actor Andrey Nechaev).
The lights are turned on in the fancy house surrounded by trees covered with snow. Shouting merrily the boys glide down the frozen lake, the skate and slide down the snowy hillside. With children’s games begins the story of the Snowman who was made by these cheerful boys. The newborn Snowman discovers the sky, the sun,
the moon, the people and houses for the first time. He meets a friend – an old grumpy dog. He learns to dream and dreams of love. And falls in love with … the kitchen Stove…
Artist Eugenia Shahotko created beautiful winter landscape. House near the lake, in the distance the silhouettes of urban buildings, the spire of the town hall, mill. Puppet landscape during the performance becomes like a live – ice patterns cover the frozen lake surface, decorate the windows of houses. Birds flit among the trees. The house turns around and we see a baby in a cradle, a lady playing the piano, a gentlemen reading the newspaper, a kitchen with a housekeeper and the stove which gives cozy warm light. After the sun, the moon and the stars appear, night and day follow each other. After winter comes spring. The snow will melt and little paper boats will float on the surface of the lake…
The story opens a seaside palace of the beautiful Tsar - Maiden and her birthday day. That day many uninvited guests came there: the Chinese Imperator, the Greek King Odyssey, the knight arrant of Biribi and other heroes.
This story is the first that had been published in Russia for the puppet Theatre. It was written in 1837 and never staged before.
A prominent Russian writer Vladimir Odoevsky published this story specially for the puppet theatre. He became known as the "Russian Faus".
Odoevsky wrote a story – puzzle for children. He made a muddle of the heroes, periods, costumes absolutely intentionally. Viewers have a chance to be involved into the puppet story about Tsar Maiden and to take part in it and unriddle all the puppet rebuses.
E.T.A. Hoffmann, P.I. Tchaikovsky
Our puppet theatre presented a Christmas fairy- tale “The Nutcracker” in the year of the 200th anniversary of the famous story written by Hoffmann. A puppet story onstage laid like in an old musical box. A funny Drosselmeier who is a clockmaker and puppet master , created the world of fantasy and miracle at Christmas Eve.
Incredible magicness will happen in a tiny German town at Medical Adviser’s home. His name is Stahlbaum. A small Marie girl will stand up to the frightful Mouse King and an ugly Nutcracker will be changed to Endymotion.
«The Scarlet Flower»
«Ali Baba and the forty thieves»
«Grand voyage: dragons, demons, heroes»
«Winnie - the - Pooh»
«Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp»
«A little puppy, walking on the street»
«The little humpbacked horse (Konyok-Gorbunok)»
«Vaska the Cat and the friends»
«Puss in boots»
«The blue bird»
The Fisherman and The Golden Fish
«Our Divine Comedy has no relation to an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri. Our Divine Comedy was written by the dramaturge Isidor Shtok.
The idea of the performance is based Jean Effel’s paintings “The Creation of the World”. Effel's paintings are easily readable, fresh, humorous and novel, and show the author's view of the world creation. Using iconographic scenes оur performance opens a story of fall from grace.
The God created Adam and Eve and settled them in the Heaven. They lived there very good, but only one thing the life in Heaven is boring. Animals and bird have their children and they have not got! Boring! Adam and Eve ate a forbidden Apple, after that their life out of Heaven became more difficult
but not boring…
Romancero with puppets.
Monsters, chimeras and dragons come alive in a puppet poem about the adventures of the knight Don Quixote.
And only the image of the Beautiful Lady will stay just a dream of the funny eccentric, tilting at windmills …
A poor nobleman Don Quixote, old and lonely eccentric, having read old chivalric romance, imagined himself…a knight errant. Putting a basin on his head instead of a helmet and arming himself with rusty sword and shield, he takes a peasant named Sancho Panza as his squire. He chooses, according knight custom, his “ladylove” – Dulcinea del Toboso – a peasant woman Aldonza. Mounting his horse, a skinny nag Rocinante, he takes a road to perform exploits in the name of his “ladylove”. He doesn’t want to make a difference between reality and fantasy, Don Quixote plays ridiculous and pathetic role: tilting at windmills, mistaking them for giants; wanting to protect the offended, he set free the prisoners. Sancho Panza named his beaten, bruised master – “Knight of the Rueful Countenance”. But without getting involved in a fight with the giants, how you will be able to understand what actually is mill …
The Great Patriotic War. Blockade of Leningrad. Little girl Valya suffers the most terrible days of her life.
The spectator steps into the world of fantasy and reality – the world of a child. Appeared from imagination - the images are full of warmth, kindness and immortality – a dream or reality. Thanks to puppets synthesis, military personnel chronicles, animation and cinema these images materialize into a story.
The house is destroyed. Wardrobe – is the only refuge in a bombed – out house. But when those who love and protect you are next to you, even only in your illusions and imagination, your defender - brownie, which drives away all your fears – you’ll survive and continue living with a great gratitude to those who held out and built a house without war. House without war, piece without war, all the children must have a childhood and right to live in piece – the main author’s idea of the performance.
Laureate of the Russian National theatre award «Golden Mask», performance «Leningradka» renewed on the Small stage of the Obraztsov Theatre.
The most popular puppet show of XX century!
«Extraordinary concert» is a comic puppetry revue, where all the puppets parody artists of different genres: vocalists and singers, dancers and musicians, circus tamers and magicians. This performance has visited hundreds Russian cities and more than 40 countries of the world. It has been listed in the Guinness World Records for the biggest amount of spectators. A concert has a great success among the viewers in our days.
A master of ceremonies is a puppet Eduard Aplombov. He has a talent to make people laugh and he loves an endless applause. Eduard Aplombov is a unique polyglot: he can joke using 24 foreign languages, including farci and hindi.
He is inimitable and fascinating!
Do not take his words seriously!
Three stories about how in ordinary life suddenly happiness appears. By chance
or by lot of fate, each of the characters becomes happy. It all starts with an unusual meeting - mysterious, mystical, breathtaking…
These stories – parables for the first time is told using the language of the puppet theatre, which is even harder than in the dramatic theatre, as the actor has to express his thoughts, feelings, emotions through the puppet, subject, object. The actor becomes the partner of the puppet, thanks to which her «body» becomes alive.
And at the same time the actor becomes its soul – because it’s the same for two. The puppets in the performance are unique – puppets from which «took out» strings, where rods and hands of actors replaced it. The puppets are made very realistic, in human growth, but at the same time, without hiding their «puppet» nature: all the joints and knuckles of the puppets are visible. «Black masking» helps to realize the connection between the actor and puppet, it gives the possibility of cinematic «close up», the light selectively gives first the «face» of the puppet, then the plasticity of the actor’s hands, then the fragment of the stage.
The live melody of the saxophone creates that special mood on the stage. In this way puppet theatre shows a human metaphor – the puppet in the hands of divine destiny. Where the reality transforms into a real magic.
Idea, production and scenography – Viktor Nikonenko, one of the best artists of the Russian theatre, Laureate of the Russian National theatre award «Golden Mask». More than thirty years of successful work – scenography of 80 plays by Shakespeare and Platonov, Vampilov and Shergin in dramatic, musical, puppet theatres in Russia and abroad. His performance «the Bear» vaudeville by Anton Chekhov awarded by «Golden Mask» 2011 and multiple awards at international theatre festivals in Russia, Finland, Serbia.
This creative world of Viktor Nikonenko combines metaphor and poetry, grotesque and humor and comes close to what is called «magic realism» of Marquez.
All three novels are presented like mini – performances, the first of which is in the genre of melodrama, the second - satirical and the third is shown like lyric concert.
Following Beaumarchais, who adored all kinds of jokes and dressing,
Director Boris Konstantinov will show the well known play as… the first rehearsal
of the famous theatrical masterpiece. Traveling artists – puppeteers gathered
in a rustic burn to rehearse fashionable Comedy. They have to show it to the Spanish
grandee in his castle, who actually ordered this performance. The head of the artistic
troupe gives the actors their roles and starts to rehearse, attracting to the theatrical action… all horned, tailed and feathered inhabitants of the barn. The plot is unchanged! Figaro, the Count's valet is – happy! Today he is going to marry Suzanne, but the wedding worries turn into delicate situations, that change all the plans and drive all mad. The end of this story, you will learn, after watching the performance «The Marriage of Figaro».
"Turandot" – for adults only 16+
The premier on the big stage
Carlo Gozzi An Ancient China story, played under the Venice bridge in the moon light…
Where better to tell a fairy tale then at puppet theatre? For children we are presenting Andersen’s stories, for adults – theatrical fiabas of Carlo Gozzi. When going to “Turandot”, you will take a walk along Venice and discover the way how one unknown wanderer could become a beloved of the most iron-hearted beauty!
Following up Gozzi, Boris Konstantinov, the director, and Victor Antonov, the artist, made up a magic China, located under the Venice bridge. The story tells about the Princess Turandot and the Unknown Prince (Calaf). Flying arrows and towns fire, refined tortures and tempting bond-maids! Princes, going crazy for love… «I wish death or Turandot». Following the heart and overcoming tricks of fortune, puppet heroes trying “come out dry”!