Russian Nights Theatre and School

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bookValentina Kalistratovna Beletskaya


The Wandering Voice


Compozitor Publishing House • Saint-Petersburg







(1 act, in Russian)

The opening night of Poems took place on 27 December 1999, again at the Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum. The performance is made up of 35 poems – from widely read works such as A Feast During the Plague by Alexander Pushkin, poems by Marina Tsvetayeva, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Iosif Brodsky to the lesser known Prayer by Nikolai Gogol, poems by Vladimir Markov and Lev Timofeyev. On December 2001 at the St. Petersburg Multi-Regional Festival “Rozhdestvensky Parad” (Christmas Parade), held by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and The Theatrical Union of St. Petersburg, Poems was acclaimed the best performance and awarded a grant from the Committee of Culture of the St. Petersburg Administration.


In May 2002 the performance was staged in London, Oxford and Cambridge as part of the Russian Nights. festival of Russian culture in the United Kingdom. Following the success of its UK tour, the BBC Russian Service broadcasted a performance of Poems to audiences worldwide.





The performance was created by the following people:




Valentina Beletskaya


Alexander Markov


Stage Design


Mart Kitayev




Arkady Gorelik




Tatyana Koshits


Assistants to the Director




Maxim Tararin


Stage Technigue


Grigory Kondratov




Alexander Markov

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Duration of performance – 1 hour 20 minutes

The performance was staged in Cambrigde, London, Oxford, St.Petersburg.

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