Nikolay Pavlovich Akimov (April 16, 1901, – September 16, 1968) was an experimental theatre director and scenic designer noted for his work with the Leningrad Comedy Theatre. His most notorious production was the cynical version of Hamlet (1932), with Ophelia as a drunken prostitute and the king's ghost as a clever mystification arranged by Hamlet. Akimov, who was the Comedy Theater director in 1935-1949 and 1956-1968, wrote several books, among them About Theater (О театре, 1962) and Not Just About Theater (Не только о театре, 1966), and was designated a People's Artist of the USSR in 1960.
The Saint Petersburg Comedy Theatre is named in his honour.
- "Николай Павлович Акимов". www.kino-teatr.ru. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- Page of Nikolay Akimov on the site of Saint Petersburg Comedy Theatre
- Akimov in the Encyclopædia Britannica