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The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre Repertoire

The Idiot. The Return

The Idiot. The Return

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A phantasmagoria in three acts

Director: Grigory Kozlov

Prince Myshkin returns from Switzerland to St. Petersburg and immediately finds himself in the center of a growing tragic scandal. Everyone he meets is inexorably tied to Nastasya Filippovna, a captivating woman with a broken destiny...

The Masterskaya adapted the first part of F. M. Dostoyevsky’s great novel in painstaking detail with hardly any omissions. But while in Dostoyevsky’s novel Prince Myshkin’s first day in St. Petersburg is just the starting point of future tragic events, Grigory Kozlov’s production is a complete story in which all of the plot lines converge and reach their logical - and tragic - conclusion.

“There is nothing like their honesty and authenticity on the Petersburg stage today.”
–Petersburg Theatre Journal


“The show charmed, fascinated, captivated...”
–Evgeniya Tropp, Petersburg Theatre Journal

The show stands apart for its subtle psychology, painstakingly assembled plot and vibrant acting. Of particular interest is the theatre’s take on Myshkin - a man free from idealisation, but who carries in himself an inner light that can be sensed physically. This light illuminates all those who come into contact with him, bringing out from them completely unexpected qualities.

Prince Myshkin is played in turn by three actors. Each actor brings something unique to the role, a trait of his acting and personal individuality, but without deviating from the main plot line of the show. In 2010 all three actors who play Myshkin were given the V. I. Strzhelchik Independent Acting Award.

Duration: 4 hours with two intermissions. Recommended for audiences 16 and up.


Winner of the Grand-Prix of the young jury at the MartKontakt-2010 Festival
Winner of the V. I. Strzhelchik Independent Acting Award
(Evgeni Perevalov, Evgeni Shumeiko and Maxim Studenovsky for the role of Prince Myshkin)
The show has participated in the Golden Mask (Moscow), MartKontakt (Mogilev), Your Chance (Moscow), Real Theatre (Ekaterinburg) and Tbilisi International (Tbilisi) festivals.