Moscow theatre cancels all upcoming plays by director Aleksandr Molochnikov

The Moscow Drama Theatre on Malaya Bronnaya has cancelled all upcoming plays by director Aleksandr Molochnikov, Theatre magazine reports, citing the director himself.

“The plays are being removed from the repertoire. The head of the troupe send identical text messages to all actors regarding the cancellation,” the magazine quotes Molochnikov as saying. The director added that the theatre had not informed him of this decision in advance. He found out about it from the actors.

At the moment of the publication, the plays have been removed from the theatre’s website. It is impossible to purchase tickets for the plays.

It was reported earlier that Molochnikov would not take part in staging Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini and Alexander von Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy at the Bolshoi Theatre. The director was ousted after the request by the working group on investigating anti-Russian activity in the sphere of culture. The working group was established in early August by A Just Russia party. Its goal is to “determine the main mechanisms of foreign influence and anti-government activity in the sphere of culture”.

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