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


Sophocles. Greek tragedy
Translated by Dmitri Merezhkovsky

For Antigone, the funeral of her brother is not just a ritual; it is the only possible way to return a dead kinsman to his family, to keep him in the family not only in name but also in soul, to keep the family indivisible on earth and in the realm of the dead. The king's ban on the funeral of the murdered Polynices is but a momentary political whim, and mercy and compassion are granted and bequeathed by the gods - even the cruel gods of Hellas are instructed to treat the fallen with reverence.
Antigone is not a statuesque heroine, not a rebel or a warrior, Antigone is an ordinary person, albeit of royal blood, trying to restore harmony in her small world to the best of her modest strength, without aspiring to greater things. The fact that her desperate attempts to bury her cursed brother against the king's will are supported by the townspeople and cause unrest in Thebes, speaks only of the righteousness of her cause. The people of Thebes simply think like their princess, they too want traditions to be honored, rituals to be observed, and the living to have the right to mourn and lay their dead to rest.

The world is hopelessly broken, the world is fading away, and the only thing that can save it is the people themselves, if they find the strength to go against the circumstances, to remember their true nature and to return themselves and their loved ones - and therefore everyone - to the true value of being, to man and humanity, to the value of memory and tradition.

Grigory Kozlov and Maxim Fomin tackle one of the oldest plays in the world repertoire as the story of a family. Young Antigone just wants to be together with her relatives - in the present, future and past, to preserve traditions, to bind the thread connecting the generations that was torn by the king.

The new performance by Grigory Kozlov and Maxim Fomin turns the audience to eternal moral ideals, it is a humanistic reflection on the life force, which allows to preserve the inner core of a person.

Premiere – September 6, 2022
Duration – 1 hour 10 minutes without intermission
For audiences from 16 years old


  • Directors – Grigory Kozlov, Maxim Fomin
  • Artist – Nikolay Slobodyanik
  • Costume Designer – Maria Lucca
  • Lighting Designer – Maxim Ahrameev
  • Musical design – Vladimir Bychkovsky
  • Plastic director – Nikolay Kuglyant
  • Multimedia artist – Ilya Koletsky
  • Prologue text – Danila Privalov
  • Assistant director – Valeria Vasilkova