And Quiet Flows the Don

Спектакль Тихий Дон театра Мастерская

Mikhail Sholokhov

Life on a Tatar farm in two parts and four acts, based on the eponymous novel


Director: Grigory Kozlov

Production and Costume Designer: Mikhail Barkhin

Light: Alexandr Ryazantsev, Ekaterina Marina

Sound: Marina Vasenina, Ekaterina Nikolaeva

Video: Alexandr Malyshev, Fyodor Sokolov

Musical Director: Vyacheslav Shulin

Stage Manager: Vera Lachinova


And Quiet Flows the Don is the first of two productions made by Grigory Kozlov and the St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre about the Russian Civil War, a time of great changes. The second production, Days of the Turbins, premiered on November 1st, 2013.

...this is a serious event, genuine "large-scale dramatic theatre"


Sholokhov's And Quiet Flows the Don now, and in St. Petersburg – that fantastic northern city – to boot, and with young actors just past the age of 20? It’s some sort of mysterious feat, and yet it took place. I have things to compare it to – I saw the best productions of Tovstonogov, Goncharov, Fomenko and Dodin, and I can bear witness that this new And Quiet Flows the Don comes close to reaching similar heights…

– Tatyana Moskvina/Argumenty Nedeli. May 30th, 2013.

  • Winner of a special award at the annual St. Petersburg Zolotoi Sofit ceremony “for pedagogical mastery and a contemporary theatrical reading of classic prose by third-year students at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.” 

  • Grand-Prix at the V Zolotoi Vityaz Slavic Forum of Arts (Anton Momot, Sofya Karabulina and Eseniya Rayevskaya).

  • The show has participated in the Golden Mask (Moscow), Proryv (St. Petersburg) and Baltic House (St. Petersburg) festivals.

It’s as if the director decided to express all the Cossack and swashbuckling aspects that lie in the unconscious of every Russian. The show abounds with songs, dances and scenes from Cossack life. And all while humor time and gain gives way to real drama and tragedy.

Elena Dobryakova/Culture of the Russian Federation. May 20th, 2013.


The main subject of And Quiet Flows the Don are the lives of simple but extraordinary people and a great and tragic love story that unfolds against a backdrop of revolution, world and civil wars and social upheaval.


On a Tatar farm lives the large and happy Melekhov family. Grigory Melekhov becomes interested in his neighbor Aksinya, the wife of Stepan Astakhov. In an effort to bring their son to his senses, his parents have him marry another almost by force. Grigory very soon realizes that he can’t live with his wife and leaves home, breaking his family ties. And not long thereafter Grigory joins the army. The nascent World War and the tragic events that follow it radically change the lives of every character in And Quiet Flows the Don without exception. The centuries-old way of life of Russian Cossacks is destroyed, seemingly strong family bonds are broken and ideological differences put close relatives on different sides of the barricades…


The lyrical and epic foundations of the production are closely intertwined. Grigory Melekhov’s personal tragedy correlates with the discordant world order, in which the new ways are incompatible with his morals. Melekhov’s journey is one of acquisition and loss, of mistakes and defeats, and it is one that the Russian people as a whole underwent in the beginning of the last century.


The premiere took place on May 18th, 2013.

Duration: 8 hours with three intermissions. Recommended for audiences aged 16 and up.


Prokofy Melekhov, a Cossack

Pantelei Prokofych Melekhov, his son, senior constable

Vasilisa Ilinishna Melekhova, Pantelei’s wife

Grigory Melekhov, Pantelei and Vasilisa’s son, a Cossack

Petro Melekhov, Grigory’s older brother

Daria Melekhova, Petro’s wife

Evdokiya Melekhova, Petro and Grigory’s younger sister

Stepan Astakhov, neighbor of the Melekhovs

Aksinya Astakhova, Stepan’s wife

Miron Grigorievich Korshunov, a rich Cossack

Marya Lukinichna Korshunova, Miron’s wife

Mitri Korshunov, Miron and Marya’s son

Natalya Korshunova, Dmitri’s younger sister, Grigory’s lawful wife

Sergei Platonovich Mokhov – a rich Cossack from another town

Elizaveta Mokhova, his daughter

Boyaryshkin, a student

Evgeni Listnitsky, a Cossack, noble, centurion of the Ataman regiment

Grandfather Sashka, Listnitsky’s stableman

Prokhor Zykov, Grigory Melekhov’s friend

Mikhail Koshevoy, a poor Cossack, Grigory’s friend and relative,
and later Dunyasha Melekhov’s husband

Masha Koshevaya, his sister

Osip Davidovich Stokmann, a visiting smith

Vasilisa, a matchmaker

Grandpa Grishaka, Miron’s father, Mitri and Natalya’s grandfather

Turchanka, Prokofii’s wife

Khristonya, Stepan’s friend

Women on the docks 


Aksinya’s Aunt

Pop Vissarion


Accordionist’s wife


Aleksandr, Red Army soldier

Red Army soldiers

Dmitri Zhitkov

Dmitri Belyakin

Olga Afanasyeva

Anton Momot

Fyodor Klimov

Maria Russkikh

Natalia Shulina

Andrei Aladin

Sofya Karabulina, Eseniya Rayevskaya

Dmitri Zhitkov

Maria Srogovich

Gavriil Fedotov, Fyodor Klimov

Vera Latysheva

Georgi Voronin

Maria Myasnikova, Eseniya Rayevskaya

Andrei Emelyanov

Kirill Kuznetsov, Andrei Didik

Gavriil Fedotov

Andrei Didik

Andrei Gorbaty

Maria Srogovich

Georgy Voronin

Kristina Bartashova, Alina Marfina

Ivan Grigoriev

Natalya Shulina

Igor Klychkov

Sofya Karabulina, Maria Russkikh, Maria Myasnikova, Vera Latysheva, Eseniya Rayevskaya, Natalia Shulina

Olga Afanasyeva, Raisa Hyväri, Andrei  Aladin

Olga Afanasyeva

Andrei Aladin

Andrei Aladin

Eseniya Rayevskaya, Sofya Karabulina

Maria Srogovich

Georgy Voronin

Igor Klychkov, Gavriil Fedotov

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