The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The Brothers Karamazov. The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre


Fyodor Dostoyevsky


This isn't the first time Grigory Kozlov turns to Fyodor Dostoyevsky's legacy. His previous productions - his legendary Crime and Punishment and Poor Folk chamber piece at the Theatre of Young Spectators, along with The Idiot. The Return (which was how the St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre started) – became important milestones in the Masterskaya's history.


The Brothers Karamazov takes placed in the provincial town of Skotoprigonievsk, whose measured existence is thrown into upheaval by the murder of Fyodor Pavlovich, patriarch of the Karamazov family. All the clues point to his son, Dmitri, who it seems committed the murder to steal three thousand rubles.

Laureate of the St. Petersburg Teatral Audience Society "for its fresh, profound and multifaceted reading of a Russian classic."

But this isn't a story about a squabble over inheritance. It's not a mystery novel, in which no questions remain once the accused has been read his sentence. All of the characters' actions are seen through their relationship to their faith. The immortality of the soul is the topic of their arguments and their lives become the strongest confirmation of their beliefs.

Production Team:

Director – Grigory Kozlov

Production Designer – Mikhail Barkhin

Light Designer – Dmitri Albul

Musical Selection – Grigory Uglov, Vyacheslav Shulin

Directorial Team:

Stage Managers – Alyona Parshina, Svetlana Povalyaeva


Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov – Dmitri Belyakin, Georgi Voronin

Dmitri Fyodorovich Karamaozov, Fyodor Pavlovich's eldest son – Andrei Aladin

Ivan Fyodorovich Karamazov, Fyodor Pavlovich's second son – Dmitri Zhitkov, Kirill Kuznetsov

Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov, Fyodor Pavlovich's youngest son – Fyodor Klimov

Pavel Smerdyakov, Fyodor Pavlovich's lackey – Andrei Gorbaty, Andrei Didik, Andrei Emelynov

Father Zosima, the Elder, Alexei Karamazov's spiritual advisor – Andrei Aladin, Ivan Grigoriev, Igor Klychkov

Agrafen Alexandrova Svetlova (Grushenka) – Eseniya Rayevskya, Maria Srogovich

Katerina Ivanovna Verkhovtseva – Sofya Karabulina, Vera Latysheva

Katerina Osipovna Kokhlakova, a widowed landlady – Olga Afanasyeva, Maria Russkikh

Elizaveta Kokhlakova, Katerina Kokhlakova's daughter – Maria Myasnikova, Natalia Shulina

Mikhail Osipovich Rakitin, 'seminarist', 'socialist', 'journalist', 'poet' and 'friend' of Alexei Karamazov – Dmitri Belyakin, Andrei Didik

Nikolai Ilyich Snegirev, a retired staff captain – Ivan Grigoriev, Dmitri Zhitkov, Igor Klychkov

Grigory Vasilievich Kutuzov, Fyodor Karamazov's valet and Pavel Smerdyakov's tutor – Georgi Voronin, Igor Klychkov

Tifon Borisych, owner of an inn in Mokroe – Andrei Aladin, Igor Klychkov

Girls in Mokroe – Olga Afanasyeva, Sofya Karabulina, Vera Latysheva, Alina Marfina, Maria Myasnikova, Eseniya Rayevskaya, Maria Russkikh, Maria Srogovich, Natalia Shulina

Maid – Olga Afanasyeva, Maria Russkikh, Maria Srogovich

Pyotr Ilyich Perkhotin – Dmitri Zhitkov

Pole – Dmitri Belyakin, Georgi Voronin

Vrublevsky – Dmitri Belyakin, Andrei Gorbaty

Pyotr Alexandrovich Miusov – Dmitri Zhitkov, Kirill Kuznetsov, Gavriil Fedotov

Maximov – Ivan Grigoriev

Kolganov – Andrei Emelyanov

Prosecutor – Dmitri Zhitkov

Advocate – Igor Klychkov

Police chief – Andrei Aladin, Kirill Kuznetsov

Ensemble – Andrei Didik (guitar, double bass), Ulyana Luchkina (violin), Evgeni Semin (accordion)

The production uses the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Dmitri Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke, as well as works by Grigory Uglov and Andrei Didik.


Premiered 25 January 2015.

Duration: 5 hours with two intervals.

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