Monday, 24 October 2016

Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich (1868) written by Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy and produced by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898

Some scenes from Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich (first published in 1868 and first performed in an amateur production in Saint Petersburg in 1890) written by the Russian playwright Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817-1875) and produced by the Moscow Art Theatre, under the direction of Constantin Stanislavski (1863 - 1938) and Alexander Sanin, with the scenic design by Viktor Simov, on October 26, 1898. The cast included Vsevolod Meyerhold as Prince Vasili Shuysky, Olga Knipper as Princess Irina, Maria Roksanova as Princess Mstislavskaya, Alexander Vishnevsky as Boris Godunov, Vasily Luzhsky as Prince Ivan Shuysky, Mikhail Darski as Prince Andrey Shuysky, Alexander Sanin as Lup-Kleshnin, Georgy Burdzhalov as Mikhaylo Golovin, Maria Samarova as Volokhova and Alexander Artem as Kryukov; Ivan Moskvin initially played Fedor, followed by Vasily Kachalov and then Nikolai Khmelev. The censor insisted on the removal of all religious characters from the production.

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