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Big Actors of the Bolshoi Drama Theater

Have you ever been to the BDT? Not? Unfortunately, I, too, did not have the opportunity to attend live performances of the Bolshoi Drama Theater. Tovstonogov. No matter how you say “halva” – it will not become sweeter in your mouth, but you should say “Hanuma!” This performance has rightfully become the hallmark of the theater, which today marks its 93rd anniversary.

It is amazing what big actors this theater gathered at its stage at different times: Georgy Tovstonogov, Kirill Lavrov, Efim Kopelyan, Oleg Borisov, Pavel Luspekaev, Oleg Basilashvili, Tatyana Doronina, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Nina Usatova, Olga Volkova …

Fortunately, we can recall them by their roles in films and television plays.

I will not talk about the actors in detail, I just want you to remember them today, at least some ….

Boris Babochkin – not perceived as an actor, but as a living legend, a hero of the civil war and favorite character of Soviet cinema of the 1930s Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev. For us, he remained the hero of one role.

Lyudmila Makarova – just recently celebrated her 90th anniversary on the stage of the theater, she still plays on the BDT stage and, although she had a huge number of roles, for us she’s forever the Main Khanum of our country. How many times did this show go on television? I don’t know, but all things are postponed when I hear: “Gre-ex to be alone …. Gre-ex to be single …!”

Efim Kopelyan – even if you haven’t watched The Elusive Avengers, The Eternal Call, or The Straw Hat, the whole country knows the voice of Seventeen Moments of Spring. After the release of this film, the artist jokingly began to call himself “Efim Zakadrovich.” The actor came to the BDT even before Tovstonogov and worked in the theater until the end of his days with his wife Lyudmila Makarova.

Evgeny Lebedev – his first role on the BDT stage – Mademoiselle Cucu in the play “Nameless Star”. What’s mamzel! This actor brilliantly played “enemies” (as I hated Romashov in “Two Captains” as a child!) And heroes (films “Train of Mercy” and “Blockade”), a touching drunkard (“Energetic People”) and even … a horse ! Holstomer – one of his best roles in the play “The Story of a Horse” by L. Tolstoy.

The scene “with a glass” from the play “Energetic people”

Recently, the BDT hosted an evening in memory of the actor in honor of his 95th birthday, and in 2000 the Yevgeny Lebedev Prize was established – a bronze figure of the actor as Holstomer …

Nina Usatova is a real Russian Woman: confident, strong, decisive and so kind, homely, cozy. In any role, she’s good: from a village aunt (the film “Island”) to a landowner in love (a play by A. Ostrovsky “Whim!”) And from an aunt from Next, and to mother in the film “Pop”. Really popularly beloved actress: on the day of her 60th birthday she received an amazing gift – to make a shot from the cannon of the Naryshkin bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress.

As in a conversation about this theater, one cannot recall her, an actress, without whom he is simply inconceivable for the audience! Her father Bruno Freindlich played on the BDT stage, and it makes no sense to list the roles of Alisa Brunovna herself, they are all known and loved by us immensely!

Alice Freindlich is the queen of the stage, the queen of cinema, the queen always and in everything.

Tour of the Bolshoi Drama Theater. Tovstonogov in any city always ends with a full house; great masters played and play on his stage. I would like to heartily congratulate the troupe of the theater on its birthday and wish not only creative success, but also new actors worthy of this scene.

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