List of Russian-language playwrights

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This is a list of authors who have written dramatic works in the Russian language.

For the plain text list, see Category:Russian dramatists and playwrights.

See also: List of Russian-language writers, List of Russian-language poets, List of Russian-language novelists, List of Russian artists, List of Russian architects, List of Russian inventors, List of Russian explorers, Russian culture

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Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Аблесимов.jpg Alexander Ablesimov
The Miller
Alexander Afinogenov
A Far Place
Andreyev by Repin.jpg Leonid Andreyev
Tsar Hunger
The Life of Man
He Who Gets Slapped
Margalo Gillmore (Consuelo) & Richard Bennett (He) in He Who Gets Slapped, 1922.
Richard Bennett (He, left) & Louis Calvert (Baron Regnart, right) in He Who Gets Slapped, 1922.
Maria Arbatova RuNet-2009.jpg Maria Arbatova
(born 1957)
On the Road to Ourselves
Maria Arbatova in 2009.
Aleksei Arbuzov
A Long Road
Mikhail Petrovich Artsybashev.jpg Mikhail Artsybashev
Artsybashev with the actress Yavorskaya, 1915.
Drawing of Artsybashev.
Averchenko.jpg Arkady Averchenko
Drawing of Averchenko.
Averchenko, c1920.


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Isaac Babel 1908.jpg Isaac Babel
Babel, c1930s.
Pyotr Dmitryevich Boborykin.jpg Pyotr Boborykin
The Scale
Oleg Bogayev
(born 1970)
Bułhakow.jpg Mikhail Bulgakov
Zoya's Apartment
Adam and Eve
The Days of the Turbins
The Days of the Turbins, 1926.
Portrait of Bulgakov.


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Catherine II in youth by A.R. Lisiewska (de Gasc), 1742, Russian Museum - detail.jpg Catherine the Great
Portrait of Catherine, 1745.
Portrait, 1794.
Chaev NA.jpg Nikolai Chayev
Svat Faddeyich
Anton Tschechow - Ölskizze von Lewitan.jpg Anton Chekhov
The Seagull
Uncle Vanya
Three Sisters
The Cherry Orchard
Konstantin Stanislavski as Vershinin in Three Sisters.
Chekhov's wife Olga Knipper, who played Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard.
Yevgeny Nikolayevich Chirikov.jpg Evgeny Chirikov
The Peasant
At his desk, 1904.
Portrait by Repin, 1906.
Chumachenko Ada1927.jpg Ada Chumachenko
(1887 – 1954)
The Snow Queen
A Man from the Moon
1894 ball - Const. Const.jpg Grand Duke Constantine
King of Judea
The Grand Duke in military dress, 1891.
With his wife Elizaveta, 1894.


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Demidovtsev.jpg Grigoriy Demidovtsev
(born 1960)
Certificate of membership in the Union of Russian Writers.
Demidovtsev in 2007.
Денисов вл1.jpg Victor Denisov
(born 1944)
«Six Specters of Lenin on a Piano».(Opening night: 20 May 1993)
After the premiere of «Six Specters of Lenin on a Piano». V.Denisov is second to the left, 1993
V.Denisov & a San-Francisco director V.Zavarina, 1994


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Nikolai Erdman
The Suicide
Evreinov by Repin.jpg Nikolai Evreinov
A Merry Death
The Chief Thing
The Presentation of Love
The Storming of the Winter Palace
Drawing of Evreinov, 1921.
Memorial plaque in Paris.


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Denis Fonvizin.jpg Denis Fonvizin
The Minor
Statue of Fonvizin, part of the Millennium of Russia monument.
The Fonvizin Family Coat of Arms.
Olga Forsh
The Substitute Lecturer


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Alexander Galich
Gippius 1910s.jpg Zinaida Gippius
The Green Ring
Portrait of Gippius by Ilya Repin, 1894.
Portrait by Léon Bakst, 1906.
N.Gogol by F.Moller (early 1840s, Ivanovo) detail.jpg Nikolai Gogol
The Government Inspector
Fyodor Paramonov as Anton Antonovich in Gogol's The Government Inspector.
Cover of the First Edition of The Government Inspector. 1836
Prince Dmitry Petrovich Gorchakov.jpg Dmitry Gorchakov
King for a Day
Grigori Gorin
Mikhail Nesterov 042.jpg Maxim Gorky
The Lower Depths
Children of the Sun
The Philistines
A scene from The Lower Depths.
Another scene from The Lower Depths.
Griboyedov.jpg Aleksandr Griboyedov
Woe from Wit
Stanislavski as Famusov in Woe from Wit.
Title page of Griboyedov's manuscript of Woe from Wit.1824
Isabella Grinevskaya.jpg Isabella Grinevskaya
Elena Guro 7.jpg Elena Guro
The Hurdy-Gurdy
Guro's portrait of her husband Mikhail Matyushin.
Elena and Mikhail.


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USSR stamp V.V.Ivanov 1965 4k.jpg Vsevolod Ivanov
Armoured Train 14-69
1927 production of Armoured Train 14-69.


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Vasily kapnist.jpg Vasily Kapnist
Postcard featuring Kapnist.
Walentin Petrowitsch Katajew (cropped).jpg Valentin Kataev
Quadrature of the Circle
Kataev's brother, the writer Yevgeni Petrov.
Pavel Katenin (1792-1853).jpg Pavel Katenin
Yevgeny Kharitonov
Under House Arrest
Charms.jpg Daniil Kharms
Graffiti of Kharms on a wall in Kharkiv.
Caricature of Kharms by Antonovsky
Mikhail Kheraskov.jpg Mikhail Kheraskov
Vladimir Kirshon
The Miraculous Alloy
Layout of scenery for the play based on the play by V. Kirshon The Court
Кокошкин, Фёдор Фёдорович (старший).png Fyodor Kokoshkin
Little Demon on Vacation
Kokoshkin's grave at the Donskoy Monastery's necropolis in Moscow
Николай Коляда.jpg Nikolay Kolyada
(born 1957)
A Tale About the Dead Tsarina
Oginski Polonaise
Persian Lilac
Playing Forfeits
in the Sverdlovsk Regional Universal Scientific Library Vissarion Belinsky
Kolyada Theater in Yekaterinburg
Yakov Knyazhnin.jpg Yakov Knyazhnin
The Cranks
The Braggart
Vadim the Bold
Eugene Kozlovsky.jpg Eugene Kozlovsky
(born 1946)
Ivan Krylov.jpg Ivan Krylov
The Cat and the Сook
The Fox and the Crane
The Quartet
The Wolf and the Lamb
Monument to Krylov in St Petersburg.
Illustration The Cat and the Сook by Sergei Gribkov
Briullov-kukolnik.jpg Nestor Kukolnik
A Life for the Tsar
Title page from one of Kukolnik's dramas, 1834.
Plaque for Kukolnik in Taganrog.


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Lazhechnikov.jpg Ivan Lazhechnikov
Leonid Leonov 1929.jpg Leonid Leonov
Dmitri Lipskerov
(born 1964)
LeoLuntz.jpg Lev Lunts
Native Land


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Анатолий Мариенгоф.jpg Anatoly Marienhof
With the poet Sergei Yesenin, 1915.
Samuil Marshak
Smart Things
The Twelve Months
Soviet stamp featuring Marshak.
Mikhail Matinsky
Saint-Petersburg's Trade Stalls
Mayakovsky Vladimir.jpg Vladimir Mayakovsky
The Bedbug
The Bathhouse
A young Mayakovsky
Soviet stamp featuring Mayakovsky.
Михалков Сергей Владимирович.jpg Sergey Mikhalkov
Three Plus Two
Mikhailov receiving an award from Vladimir Putin in 2003.
Talking with Vladimir Putin in 2003.


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Monument to Nabokov at Montreux.
Vladimir Nabokov
The Waltz Invention
Nabokov's first published work.
Löb Nevakhovich
Alexandr Neverov 1925.jpg Alexander Neverov
Drawing of Neverov.
Nikolay Nikolev.jpg Nikolai Nikolev
Osip Notovich
Shady Business


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Alexander Ostrovsky by Vasily Perov.jpg Alexander Ostrovsky
The Storm
The Poor Bride
Poverty is No Vice
Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man
The Snow Maiden
Stanislavski (left), and Vasily Kachalov in Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man.
Monument to Osrovsky at the Maly Theatre in Moscow.
Valentin Ovechkin
A Time to Reap
Vladislav Aleksandrovič Ozerov.jpg Vladislav Ozerov
Dmitry Donskoy


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Vera Panova
Ivan Kosogor
In Old Moscow
Plaque for Panova in St. Petersburg.
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya seven 2009 Shankbone NYC.jpg Lyudmila Petrushevskaya
(born 1938)
Petrushevskaya in 2009.
At a booksigning in New York with Keith Gessen, 2009.
Pisemsky by Repin.jpg Aleksey Pisemsky
A Bitter Fate
The Hypochondriac
Lieutenant Gladkov
The Financial Genius
A Bitter Fate. Lizaveta. Picture by Ilya Repin.
Engraving of Pisemsky.
Peter Polevoy.jpg Pyotr Polevoy
Princess Sophia
Nikolai Pogodin
Mikhail Popov
Alexander Preys
Iosif Prut
Kiprensky Pushkin.jpg Alexander Pushkin
Boris Godunov
The Stone Guest
Mozart and Salieri
The Covetous Knight
The Stone Guest. Don Juan and Doña Ana. Picture by Ilya Repin.


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Vladimir Putin 5 March 2002-7.jpg Edvard Radzinsky
(born 1936)
Rybakov Vyacheslav 2006 11 13 001.jpg Vyacheslav Rybakov
(born 1954)


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Saz NI.jpg Natalya Sats
Shachovskoy Alexandr Alexandrovich.jpg Alexander Shakhovskoy
Ladies' Joke
The New Stern
Schepkina-Kupernik by Repin.jpg Shchepkina-Kupernik
Summer Picture
Evgeny Shvarts
The Dragon
Василий Сигарев.jpg Vassily Sigarev
Black Milk
Feodor Sologub.jpg Fyodor Sologub
The Triumph of Death
Portrait by Konstantin Somov.
Ксения Степанычева 2.jpg Ksenya Stepanycheva
(born 1978)
Pink Bow
Stepanycheva in 2009.
Sukhovo-Kobylin.jpg Aleksandr Sukhovo-Kobylin
The Case
Krechinsky's Wedding
The Death of Tarelkin
Sukhovo-Kobylin, c1850s.
Aleksandr's sister, the writer Evgenia Tur.
Sumarokov by A.Losenko.jpg Alexander Sumarokov
Portrait of Sumarokov by Fedor Rokotov.


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya
By the Pike's Wish
Tarakhovskaya's birth house in Taganrog.
Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky.jpg Modest Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky's brother, the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Nadezhda Teffi
The Woman Question
Viktoriya Tokareva
(born 1937)
A.K.Tolstoy by Repin.jpg Aleksey K. Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan the Terrible
Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich
Tsar Boris
Don Juan
Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich.
ANTolstoy.jpg Aleksey N. Tolstoy
Stamp featuring Tolstoy.
Leon tolstoi.jpg Leo Tolstoy
The Power of Darkness
The Fruits of Enlightenment
The Living Corpse
Stanislavski as Zvezdintsev in The Fruits of Enlightenment, 1891.
Stanislavski as Prince Abrezhov in The Living Corpse, 1911.
Sergei Tretyakov
I Want a Baby
Turgenev by Repin 1879.jpg Ivan Turgenev
A Month in the Country
Stanislavski and Knipper in A Month in the Country, 1909.
A scene from A Month in the Country.


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EduardUspenskiy.jpg Eduard Uspensky
(born 1937)


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Alexander Vampilov
Elder Son
Anastasia Verbitskaya 2.gif Anastasiya Verbitskaya
Verbitskaya in 1898.
Vsevolod Vishnevsky
Optimistic Tragedy


Portrait Person Notable works Illustration Illustration
Mark Zakharov.jpg Mark Zakharov
(born 1933)
Zakharov with Dmitry Medvedev in 2008.
Boris Zaitsev 7.jpg Boris Zaytsev
Aleksey Zhemchuzhnikov 1.jpg Aleksey Zhemchuzhnikov
Zinovieva-Annibal 01.jpg Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal
Rafail Mikhaylovich Zotov.jpg Rafail Zotov
Jealous Wife

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