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27 Aug 2013

Obraztsov Puppet Theatre

Moscow State Puppet Theatre named after Sergey Obraztsov was founded in 1931. In 1981 it was granted the title of "academic", thus becoming Central State Academic Puppet theatre named after Sergey Obraztsov. The establisher of the theatre is the prominent Russian artist, actor, director, painter and writer Sergey Obraztsov, who directed his theatre until the last days of his life. Here he staged 61 plays, including many famous performances.

During eighty years of existence, the Obraztsov Puppet Theatre has turned into the biggest centre of puppet art, a unique academy of puppet art and a palace of arts for children, youths and adults. Being the only one well-known in this artistic discipline, registered in reference books, dictionaries and encyclopaedias, it is an important national property of Russia. Sergey Obraztsov taught several generations of actors, directors, scene painters, artists and play writers of the puppet shows, who are currently working in a list of puppet theatres in Russia and other countries.

Obraztsov Theatre receives more than 1,500 spectators every day in average. It is also a place for puppet exhibitions and expositions, international puppet festivals, conferences and meetings, thus being the centre of the international movement of puppeteers. Obraztsov Theatre is a member of UNIMA (The Worldwide Puppetry Organization).