Azerbaijan State Theatre of Musical Comedy

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Azerbaijan State Theatre of Musical Comedy
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General information
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Construction started 1938

Azerbaijan State Theatre of Musical Comedy (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Dövlət Musiqili Komediya Teatrı) – is one of the greatest musical theatres of Azerbaijan.[1]


Premiere of “Husband and wife” musical comedy written by Uzeyir Hajibeyov in 1909, was held on May 24, 1910 in a building of Nikitin brothers’ circus, in Baku. Namely this spectacle laid the foundation of Azerbaijan State Theatre of Musical Comedy. By 1938, musical comedies were displayed on the stage of Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. In 1938, an independent theatre of musical comedy (with Azerbaijani and Russian departments), which acquired official status of Azerbaijan State Theatre of Musical Comedy in September of the same year, was organized. In 1939, the first Azerbaijani and Soviet musical comedies such as “Bride for 5 manats” (S.Rustamov), “Husband and wife”, “Married bachelor”, later “Whose wedding?” (A.Mashadibeyov) and “Roza” (S.Hajibeyov) were staged on. Comedies such as “Blue mazurka” (F.Legar), “Arshin mal alan” (U.Hajibeyov), “Queen of the circus” (I.Kalman), “Wedding in Malinovka” (B.Aleksandrov) and others were stage in Russian department of the theatre.[2]

Since the 1940s, theatre took a significant place in cultural life of Azerbaijan.

Absence of a building for the theatre in 1988-1992s, socio-political events happened in the republic, and also Karabakh events had a great influence upon creative activity of the theatre’s collective. Despite these factors, afterwards, the theatre entered into a new stage of its development. The membership enriched the theatre’s repertoire displaying new spectacles one after another: “If Not That One, Then This One”, “Musical Konul”, “Love on the stage”, “Goodbye!”, “Everyone has its own star”, “Pleasure for ten thousand dollars”, “Mad world”, “Khalifat for an our”, “Banker fiancé”, “Love game” and others.[3]