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Overview: Theatres in Uzbekistan

Overview: Theatres in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has a strong background in drama, music and dance. As in so many areas of Uzbek culture, there are two broad sectors: indigenous Uzbek performing arts (with classical and…

Uzbek State Academic Bolshoi Theater named after Alisher Navoi

Uzbek State Academic Bolshoi Theater named after Alisher Navoi

It was founded on the basis of Uzbekistan’s first musical ensemble. This group, originally formed in 1923, was an amateur initiative; later it turned professional and in 1939 a…

Academic Russian Drama Theatre of Uzbekistan

Academic Russian Drama Theatre of Uzbekistan

Founded in 1934; it acquired its present name in 1936. The repertoire is international, with an emphasis on modern drama. Plays, performed in Russian. Address: 24 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Street…

Ilkhom Theatre

Ilkhom Theatre

Founded in 1976 by Mark Weil, this was the first independent, experimental theatre in the Soviet Union. From the outset, it specialised in the production of ‘new wave’ plays and…

Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan

Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan

Founded in 1928, this theatre opened with a dramatization of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’. Initially, Russian and Uzbek theatre groups were integrated but in 1967, Russian productions were hived…

Uzbek State Music Theatre named after Mukimi

Uzbek State Music Theatre named after Mukimi

The theatre is named after one of the major Uzbek figures in the intellectual history of Tsarist Turkestan: Muqimiy (1850-1903) was the pen name of Muhammad Aminhoja Mirzahoja, a…

Uzbek National Academic Drama Theatre

Uzbek National Academic Drama Theatre

Founded on the basis of the theatrical ensemble ‘Turon’, which in 1914 gave a public performance of the ground-breaking Uzbek play ‘The Patricide’ by Mahmud Khoja Behbudi (a Muslim…

Tashkent State Musical Comedy Theatre (Operetta)

Tashkent State Musical Comedy Theatre (Operetta)

Founded in 1972, the first director was Alexander Ginsburg, an internationally renowned Russian dissident and human rights activist. Ginsburg had previously spent some time in Tashkent (mostly in penal custody…