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

The Canterville Ghost

Based on Oscar Wilde's fairy tale
Scary English fairy tale in one act

The action is set in the sixties of the last century, a time of the bold, the free, the independent - and the lonely. The Otis family of Americans is eager to start a new life in old England, the heir to Canterville dreams of getting rid of the family castle, Sir Canterville himself, even as a centuries-old ghost, craves power over everyone in his sight. All of them are deeply unhappy, though they don't want to admit it. And no one, except little Virginia, a feisty girl with a detective's mojo, wants to do anything to bring peace back into the house. Only when Virginia goes into the dead garden with the ghost of Canterville seeking forgiveness for his soul will her family unite in the search for the missing child and finally realize how far apart they have all been, how little they understand each other, and how important they are to each other.
In the finale everyone will be happy - the heir to Canterville will receive his considerable money, his former housekeeper will lead tours of the castle turned into a museum, the Otises will return to their hometown, and Sir Canterville will find peace. Life will be as it should be, and the main thing will be what a person has here and now, not what he has frozen, mesmerized and confused himself with.

One of Wilde's most funny and touching fairy tales at the same time, Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya sets about the supreme value of life - the family. About its split, disintegration, unification and preservation.

Premiere – December 5, 2020
Duration – 1 hour and 5 minutes without intermission
For audiences from 6 years old


  • Staging – Andrei Khvostov, Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya
  • Stage director – Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya
  • Assistant director – Evgeny Shumeiko
  • Production designer – Anvar Gumarov
  • Costume Designer – Fagilya Selskaya
  • Lighting Designer – Denis Solntsev
  • Composer – Maxim Studenovsky
  • Choreography – Nikolai Kuglyant
  • Assistant Director – Valeria Vasilkova