Stanislavski Electrotheater (from 1948 to 2013 – the Moscow Drama Theater named after K. S. Stanislavski; from 1946 to 1948 – the Opera and Drama Theater named after K. S. Stanislavski) is a theater in Moscow. Founded in 1935 as the Opera and Drama Studio under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavski, a drama theater has been operating since 1948. Since 1950, it has been located at 23 Tverskaya Street. In 2013, it was closed for renovation and reopened in 2015 under its modern name. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Union of Theaters of Europe.
In the summer of 2013, Boris Yukhananov, a student of Anatoly Efros and Anatoly Vasilyev, became the theater’s artistic director. He created a new concept that radically changed the arrangement of the stage, the repertoire and the work of the troupe. The new name – “Stanislavski Electrotheater” – was reminiscent of the history of both the Stanislavski Theater and the building of the former cinema (electrotheater) “Ars.” According to Yukhananov’s plan, the renovated theater was to become the most technologically advanced stage space in Moscow.
The building was reconstructed by Oleg Shapiro and Dmitry Likin, architects from the Wowhaus bureau, the authors of the projects of the Krymskaya embankment, the Pioneer Cinema and temporary architecture in Gorky Park. A small stage was restored during the reconstruction, and a transforming hall and modern service premises were created. However, the historical facades, staircase and balcony were preserved. The theater foyer began to combine cafe functions and space for performances.
On January 26, 2015, the Stanislavsky Electrotheater opened after reconstruction. The first performance was the staging of the tragedy of Euripides’ “Bacchae” by the Greek director Theodoros Terzopoulos.
According to Boris Yukhananov, the renovated theater’s main task was searching for a new artistic language. According to the strategy, called by the director “new processuality,” the theater becomes a place for synthesizing the arts – theater, cinema, music, and literature.
The Stanislavski Electrotheater is a modern cultural center where concerts, performances, film screenings, contemporary art exhibitions, and lectures are held. The School of the Modern Spectator and Listener was opened.
Working hours: daily, 11:00–22:00.
Address: Tverskaya street, 23, building 1, Moscow.