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Yerevan State Marionettes Theatre

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Yerevan State Marionette Theatre
The State Marionette Theatre in Armenia
Address43 Mashtots Avenue
Yerevan 0009
Coordinates40°11′24″N 44°31′05″E / 40.190010°N 44.518099°E / 40.190010; 44.518099
OwnerGovernment of Armenia
OperatorArmen Elbakyan
TypeMarionette Theatre
Capacity70 seats
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The Yerevan State Marionette Theater (Armenian: Երևանի Մարիոնետների պետական թատրոն) was founded in 1987. It was the third one in the territory of the former USSR (after similar theaters of Leningrad, now St Petersburg and Tbilisi) and the first one, which staged performances both for adults and for children.

The first performance was "The three piglets". After the first success there were difficulties both in artistic and in financial life of the theater.

Between 1996 and 2000 the theatre was closed. This art center had a new ascent in December 2000, the Theater was reopened and Armen Elbakyan became the director. The flow of new creative forces took place, the repertoire was enriched with new and successful performances:

Now there are 24 performances in the repertoire of the theater. There are not only puppet performances but also extraordinary shows with actors and puppets acting at the same time on the stage. The topics and the puppets of the performances are created with consideration of national traditions and national coloring. These are extraordinary features of the productions. The directors of theatre stage not only national but also foreign stories. The performances are very popular in national audience and also foreign community of Armenia. Even tourists very often visit theatre.

The artistic director of the theater is the RA Honored master of Art Armen Elbakyan, the chief director is the RA Honored artist Anna Elbakyan.


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