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); that very year he had completed a five-year hard labour sentence for anti-Soviet propaganda. He soon fell foul of the authorities again and was re-arrested in 1978; in 1979 he was deprived of his Soviet citizenship and expelled to the United States. The theatre, however, survived and continued to develop. It is now one of the most popular theatres in Tashkent, with a repertoire that is designed to appeal to young audiences as well as the older generation. The repertoire combines song and dance elements in works that are predominantly Uzbek, but includes some international items.

Address: Chupon-ata Street, Block Ts.


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