State Institution of Culture of the Yaroslavl Region "Yaroslavl State Puppet Theater"
Main director:Alexey Smirnov
Strekalov Dmitry Ardalonovich
The Yaroslavl Puppet Theater was created by the theatrical director and teacher Maria Slobodskaya in 1927. Today is the one of the oldest children’s theaters in Russia. Since 1966 it has been an international organization of puppeteers “UNIMA”.
Today the repertoire of the theater includes performances of various genres and theatrical forms for the adult public and for children of all ages. The basis of the repertoire is a fairy tale: Russian and foreign, simple-hearted and philosophical, eccentric and lyrical. An important place is occupied by productions on classical works: “Golden Key” by A. Tolstoy, “Black Hen” by A. Pogorelsky, “Snow Queen” and “Princess on a Pea” G.Kh. Andersen, “The Dwarf Nose” by V. Gauf, “The Nutcracker” by E.T.A. Hoffman, “The Cat in Boots” by S. Perrault, “The Canterville Ghost” by O. Wilde and many others.\
The theater is widely used not only traditional forms of puppet theater, but also “living plan”, plastic and musical forms. More and more often there appears in the performances another form of actor’s existence, born in the mutual relations of a living person and dolls.
The Yaroslavl Puppet Theater produces at least four new performances per season, actively tours and takes part in international festivals in Poland, Romania, Germany, Austria, Holland, Norway, Finland, Britain, USA, India, Israel, Cyprus.
March 1, 2017 Yaroslavl Puppet Theater was 90 years old.