Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama

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Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Drama
Bourgogne Theatre
Богдана Хмельницкого 5 дробь 15 Киев 2012 01.JPG
Address Kiev
Ukraine
Coordinates 50°26′42″N 30°31′07″E / 50.445°N 30.518611°E / 50.445; 30.518611
Operator Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Drama
Construction
Opened 1875
Architect Vladimir Nikolayev
Tenants
  • 1875-1891 Kiev city circus
  • 1891-1898 Solovtsov Theater
  • 1896-1914 cinema theater
Website
http://www.rusdram.com.ua/

Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama (also referred to as Lesya Ukrainka Theater) is a theater in Kiev, Ukraine. It is located in a building known as Bourgogne Theatre.

Founded in 1926, the theater produces many important plays of Russian and Ukrainian dramatic art. Its repertoire consists of plays by famous playwrights such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov and others. Many current movie actors have started their career in the theater.

The theatre traces its roots to the Solovtsov theatric troupe that existed in Kiev since 1891 and also performed in the Bourgogne Theatre. Later the troupe was named as the Russian Drama Theatre.

Bourgogne Theatre[edit]

The building was originally designed in 1875 by Vladimir Nikolayev and sponsored by a French entrepreneur Augustin Bourgogne. At first it housed the Kiev city circus. From 1891 to 1898 the building was leased to the first drama company in Kiev, Solovtsov Theater. In 1896 the theater put on its first cinema showing. The present company has been in the building since 1929, and named after Lesya Ukrainka in 1941.

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