Fri. March 2
This weekend Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Music Theater premieres Leos Janacek opera “Jenufa,” which is quite popular in Europe, but is seldom performed in Russia. It was first produced in Brno in 1904 and is often called the “Moravian national opera.” “Jenufa” (Her Stepdaughter in Czech) is a drama of Greek tragedy proportions placed in a turn of the century Moravian village. “Jenufa” was the opera that made Janacek a world-famous composer.
17 Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka. Metro Chekhovskaya. +7 (495) 723 7325. stanmus.com
Sat. and Sun. March 3-4
Hamlet/Collage is the first Moscow production by Robert Lepage, a critically acclaimed theater and film director from Canada. Staged at the forward-looking Theater of Nations, it’s a new take on a Shakespearean classic, which uses state-of-the-art video technologies to enhance the performance. The action takes place within a changing cube-like construction, and all the roles are played by Evgeny Mironov, a prominent theater and film actor as well as artistic director of the Theater of Nations.
3 Petrovsky Pereulok. Metro Chekhovskaya. +7 (495) 629 3739. theatreofnations.ru
Sun. March 4
“Beethoven” is the latest productions of Praktika, one of Moscow’s most experimental theaters. It’s a one-man show, with actor Yury Mezhevich playing both the composer and various characters from his life, including Mozart. Penned by one of Russia’s most prominent contemporary playwrights, Valery Pecheikin, “Beethoven” takes place in a fake museum devoted to the composer’s life, but tries to unmask this pillar of classical music and show him as a real human being.
30 Bolshoi Kozikhinsky Pereulok. Metro Mayakovskaya. +7 (495) 544 5545. www.praktikatheatre.ru