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Directed by Dmitry Krymov

Produced by Leonid Roberman

Based on the play "Boris Godunov" by Alexander Pushkin

A metaphor about the fate of Russia, its rulers and eternal values, Dmitry Krymov’s “Boris” subverts its ideas behind the cover of Pushkin’s text to show a direct line of the current governance of Russia with its imperial past, as well as all the myths on which Russian identity now rests. A flying raven, a poet, a folk choir, saints and sinners, living and dead - all come to life in the twilight of the Provision Warehouses of the Moscow Museum in this new interpretation of a classic work by one of the world’s most renowned stage directors. Featuring Mikhail Filippov, Viktoriya Isakova, Maria Smolnikova and 2021 Golden Mask Award-winner, Timofey Tribuntsev.

"Dmitry Krymov is one of the world's finest theatermakers".

The New York Times


"A howling performance", The Theatre Times

Presented in Russian with English subtitles.

Photos: Ksenia Ugolnikova

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time:  1h  36min 
(No Intermission)

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ART-PARTNER XXI was founded in 1996 by producer Leonid Roberman, who is still its general director. The agency has presented over 50 productions, working with Russia’s top directors, including Roman Kozak, Konstantin Bogomolov, Nina Chusova, Dmitry Krymov, Roman Viktyuk, Vladimir Pankov and many others. These productions have featured well-known Russian film and television actors such as Valentin Gaft, Sergey Jursky, Sergey Makovetsky, Lyubov Polishchuk, Tatiana Vasilyeva, Natalia Gundareva, Sergey Bezrukov, Maria Aronova, Alexandr Feklistov, Yelena Yakovleva, Natalia Tyenkova, Igor Kostolevsky, Mikhail Filippov, Leonid Yarmolnik and countless others. The agency continues to work with most of them today. Art-Partner XXI presents its productions at a variety of Moscow theatres. The productions also visit leading theatres across the Russian Federation and abroad.

DMITRY KRYMOV graduated from the Moscow Art School Studio in 1976, after which he started work at the Malaya Bronnaya Theatre. There, as a set designer, he participated in productions by his renowned father, director Anatoly Efros, but he quickly established a considerable reputation through his own distinctive efforts as a designer on over a hundred Moscow productions in the Mossoviet, Mayakovsky, Stanislavsky, Gogol and Yermolova theatres. In 2002, at age 48, he embarked on a new career as a director. Since then, his productions have won seven Golden Mask awards and his Dmitry Krymov Laboratory has performed in Brazil, the US, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Estonia among many other countries. Krymov is a holder of a Crystal Turandot and a Stanislavsky award, and awards from international theatre festivals, including the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award from the Edinburgh International Festival.

Creative Team

Director – Dmitry Krymov

Producer – Leonid Roberman 

Stage Design and Costumes – Anna Gribennykova

Composer – Dmitry Volkov

Lighting Design – Ivan Vinogradov

Videography – Ilya Starilov

Computer Graphics Supervisor – Valentin Generalov

Sound Design – Boris Semkin

Executive Producer – Elena Chalenko



Boris Godunov – Timofey Tribuntsev
Marina Mniszech – Viktoriya Isakova
Shuisky – Mikhail Filippov
False Dmitry – Maria Smolnikova
Pushkin – Sergey Schedrin
Concert Manager – Inna Sukhoretskaya
Basmanov – Oleg Topolyansky
Holy Fool – German Lukomnikov

Boy at Piano – Lenya Zharov
Waiter – Sergey Apollonov
Waiter – Mikhail Mescheryakov
Waiter – Kirill Odoevsky

Academic Choir Moskvorechye, Varya the crow, and Others


"On the verge of tragedy and farce": an interview with Dmitry Krymov, by Sergey Elkin, The Theatre Times

The Golden Mask Festival, by Emiliia Dementsova, The Theatre Times

"Dark. Messy. Assaultive. Inscrutable. Even From Your Couch", by Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Times

An interview with Maria Smolnikova, by Sergey Elkin, (Russian language)

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