The Idiot

Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Contemporary art programme
10 June 2021Thursday
Chamber Theatre — main stage

"Stary Dom" theatre (Novosibirsk)

Director - Andrey Prikotenko

A free interpretation of the novel, which text has been changed significantly. We recommend it to the experienced viewer who is like-minded with the section of the festival "Programme of Contemporary Art".

Artist - Olga Shaishmelashvili

Lighting designer - Igor Fomin

Video artist - Konstantin Schepanovsky

Composer - Alexander Karpov

Creative producer - Oksana Efremenko

Characters and performers:

Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin - Anatoly Grigoriev

Nastasya Filippovna Barashkova - Albina Lozovaya

Parfen Semenovich Rogozhin - Alexander Vostrukhin

Lizaveta Prokofievna Epanchina - Larisa Chernobaeva

Ivan Fedorovich Epanchin - Andrey Senko

Aglaya Ivanovna Epanchina - Anastasia Panteleeva

Alexandra Ivanovna Epanchina - Sofya Isupova

Adelaide Ivanovna Epanchina - Ksenia Voitenko

Nina Alexandrovna Ivolgina - Natalia Nemtseva

Ardalion Alexandrovich Ivolgin - Yuri Korablin

Gavrila Ardalionovich Ivolgin - Yan Latyshev

Varvara Ardalionovna Ivolgina - Natalia Serkova

Ivan Alexandrovich Ptitsyn - Evgeny Varava

Belokonskaya - Khalida Ivanova

Ippolit Terentyev - Timofey Mamlin

Afanasy Ivanovich Totsky - Stanislav Kochetkov, Vasily Baytenger

Evgeny Pavlovich Radomsky - Vitaly Sayanok

Duration - 3 hours 50 minutes with intermission

Premiere - September 28th, 2019

11 nominations for the Russian National Theatre Award "Golden Mask" -2021. One of the 10 Best Performances of 2019, according to the Theatre Critics Association.

Prince Myshkin has always been one of the main mysteries of Russian literature. Back in 1869, Dostoevsky created a great contradiction: he builds up a story about a definitely excellent person and called it "The Idiot". And for more than 150 years, directors, scientists, artists, actors have been fighting over the Myshkin complex, trying to reveal its strange and mysterious nature.

Andrey Prikotenko brings the action of the famous novel to the present day and offers his own view of its events. In the version of the "Stary Dom", each character in this story acquired the Myshkin complex and became the material of the investigation. One thing is certain: Myshkin is the one who provokes the disclosure and exposure of all the heroes. But who is he himself?

"Imagine that Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" was decided to be processed by the Netflix corporation. That all the roles are played by actors endowed with a truly Hollywood shine; that the text of the novel has been completely rewritten in modern language, and there is a tough psychological motivation behind every word. Having one of the best acting troupes in Russia, the "Stary Dom" theatre is not afraid of the serial length: after all, "The Idiot" is a truly action-packed performance... The director Andrey Prikotenko is interested not so much in metaphysics as in the paradoxes of human characters, the fuse of passion and the limit of weakness".

Yulia Kleiman, a theatre critic, the expert of the "Golden Mask" Award