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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

MARQUEE: Director Stein Arrives With 'Hamlet,' Too




The "Hamlet" machine is in gear: Robert Sturua's show at the Satirikon is up and running, and now comes Peter Stein's. His show, produced by the International Confederation of Theater Associations and the Chekhov International Theater Festival, opens at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Russian Army Theater.


It runs through early November.


"Russian actors are the most important reason why I am working here in Russia," the renowned German director said at a news conference Tuesday. "Russian actors work the way I dreamed of actors working when I was young."


Leading the Russian cast will be Yevgeny Mironov, of the Tabakov Theater and the recipient of a Nika best actor award for his performance in the Russian film, "The Muslim." Mironov previously acted with Stein in the 1993 production of "Oresteia," and it was his performance as Orestes that convinced Stein that he had found a future Hamlet. "The character of Orestes is very similar to Hamlet," Stein said. "I decided that, since I've got this actor, I can stage 'Hamlet' with him."


Other top actors taking part in the project include Alexander Feklistov as Claudius; Irina Kupchenko as Gertrude; and Mikhail Filippov as Polonius. Sharing the role of the Ghost of Hamlet's father will be, in turns, Mikhail Kozakov and Oleg Vavilov.


"I have seen many Hamlets, many of them aged 40 to 50," Stein said in German through a Russian interpreter. "That is unfortunate because it is obvious that this is a story about young people."


Stein also pointed out that he considers the archetypical reflective character to be "an artist," and ordered his leading man to learn to play the saxophone for the show.


Stein said he rehearses with the original English text, and that he and his actors spent three weeks in August poring over existing translations with various translators and editors to achieve a Russian text as close as possible to what Shakespeare actually wrote.


Only when they had the Russian text ready did they begin actual rehearsals of the show, which will run over nearly four hours.


"To do the whole play you would need six or seven hours," Stein said, "so we tried to shorten it."


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