1 Narodnaya Ulitsa,
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Administrative Director
Mikhail Barsegov
Deputy Director
Alexander Ryazantsev
The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre Repertoire

Anna Karenina

Scenes from married life in two parts
Klim's play based on Leo Tolstoy's novel of the same name

Like all great texts, Tolstoy's novel is about love and death. Based on the novel, Klim tells us that one does not come out of love alive: either dead or immortal
The ability, the possibility, the capacity for love is "a gift-punishment for not having trust in God's love for us. Or for the fact that we really wanted that love. Love as an encounter with Him, God. But this is only available to a woman. A man, an earthly man is only the form through which He, God comes to her to love her. To let her experience his searing gaze from Eternity... To say... Or ask... But God asks nothing. He fulfills our dreams. And perhaps that is his punishment. For the very act of punishment is only our attempt to hide in the shadows from his scorching rays. All we are left with is prayer, and it is only this prayer, this supplication, that interests us in the theater. For the theater is a plea. The possibility of pleading. At least, this is the essence of the playwright's work: to provide the actor with the possibility of prayer and its text..."

"Tolstoy's text suggests that it is almost a monologue. Or it is the other way around. She is silent. It speaks. But theater is also a monologue. For drama is when one does not hear the other, even though one speaks to him, logically answering questions correctly. It is only an attempt to create a space of prayer-prayer, for such are the laws of the art of theater. Such are its demands on the playwright, for theater is "the literal understanding of words."

Klim, "Anna Karenina"

Premiere – February 14, 2020
Duration – 3 hours and 50 minutes with one intermission
For audiences from 16 years old


  • Director – Alexey Yankovsky
  • Artist – Tatiana Artamonova
  • Plastic score – Yuri Vasilkov
  • Composer – Maxim Studenovsky
  • Music recording – Grigory Amelin (guitar), Dmitry Zhitkov (drums), Ulyana Luchkina (violin), Maria Studenovskaya, Maxim Studenovsky (piano), Olyushka Tikhaya (cello).
  • Sound directors – Grigory Amelin, Maria Belova
  • Musical design – Alexey Yankovsky
  • Lighting designer – Maxim Ahrameev
  • Vocal tutor – Grigory Uglov
  • Assistant Director – Alexandra Gayevaya