Our Avlabar

Avksenty Tsagareli. Our Avlabar. A comedy in two acts based on the play Khanuma. The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre

Avksenty Tsagareli

A comedy in two acts based on the play Khanuma


A rich merchant from Tiflis dreams of having his family marry into the aristocracy, to which end he plans to marry off his beautiful daughter Sona to the old Prince Pantiashvili. The Prince in his turn wants to fix his depressing financial situation by means of this marriage. The girl is in despair, for she loves Kote, the Prince’s nephew. The young lovers turn to Khanuma, a matchmaker famous in Avlabar, for help, since nothing is impossible for her…


Our Avlabar is a comedy of intrigue. Proud princes, energetic matchmakers, unhappy lovers… It has the spirit of old Tiflis and the paintings of Niko Pirosmani. Three hours of full-on fun and the humor, music and dances of Georgia.

Winner of the 2012 St. Petersburg Bronze Lion for Best Comedy.

The show’s cast is made up of Grigory Kozlov’s graduates from 2005 and 2010 and was staged by Aleksandr Kladko, who graduated from Kozlov’s directing course in 2001. In this manner, Our Avlabar is also a meeting of three theatrical generations raised by one master.


Premiered 7 September 2012.

Duration: 3 hours with one interval.

Recommended for audiences aged 12 and up.

Production team:

Director: Aleksandr Kladko

Production Designer: Anna Markus

Costume Designer: Natalya Kornilova, Anna Markus

Composer: Tatyana Shalginova

Light Designer: Yuri Kapelyush

Choreography: Irina Lyakhovskaya

Dance Instructor: Nikolai Kuglyant

Sound Director: Ekaterina Nikolaeva

Stage Managers: Svetlana Povalyaeva, Alyona Parshina


Khanuma, a matchmaker – Yanina Bushina

Kabato, a matchmaker – Alla Danishevskaya, Oksana Skachkova

Prince Pantiashvili – Radik Galiullin

Kote, his nephew – Nikolai Kuglyant

Tekle, his sister – Elena Lapchenko

Timote, his servant – Konstantin Grishanov

Mikich, a merchant – Sergei Intyakov

Sona, his daughter – Alyona Artyomova

Akop, his counterman – Valentin Kuznetsov

Anush, his mother – Kseniya Morozova

Kinto – Oleg Abalyan, Vladimir Kochurov, Ilya Shorokhov, Vasily Shipitsyn

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