|Alexandrinsky Theatre presents Gogol’s "Inspector General" – in Shanghai|
In August, Alexandrinsky Theater, the oldest Russian drama theatre, made their debut in China.
In August, Alexandrinsky Theater, the oldest Russian drama theatre, made their debut in China. Organized by Wu Promotion, they staged Gogol’s "Inspector General" in Shanghai Grand Theater on August 12th and 13th. This tour was led by Valery Fokin, the artistic director of Alexandrinsky Theater, who is considered one of the best experts in Gogol’s creative legacy. The performances were a great success and also attended by famous actor Huang Jiao, who played the main role in a production of Inspector General in China, six years ago.
In the 19th century, the play "Inspector General" was a great success. Now, 180 years later its value for present society is not fading, and the play remains a source of inspiration to the current generation of artists. The “Inspector General” was born in the early 20th century, when a certain section of society, seemed to have lost touch with reality and found themselves lost in impunity. But Russia is shown here not as a satirical portrayal of the conditional 19th century, but as a more realistic picture drawing Russia in general, the way it was in the 19th century, depicted similarly in the 21st century. Or in the words of Valery Fokin, “Inspector General” is from all times, and every era can find something relevant from this play.
Although the tour was short, Alexandrinsky Theater and "Inspector General" have made a deep impression on the Chinese audience, who was amazed by the innovative capacity of such a historical institution to maintain the relevance of an ancient play. Or in the words of the Shanghai Morning Post “Russian Theatre has taught Chinese theatre a lesson, on how to stay young”.