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Directed: By Elmo Nuganen
Sets designed: By Eduard Kochergin
Costumes designed: By Irina Vedernikova
Music directed: By Peeter Konovalov
Literary consulant: Marina Dmitrievskaya
Assistant to the Director: Natalia Zabruskova
Music: By Arvo Piart
Cast (in order of appearance): Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya (Tomasina Coverly), Piotr Semak (Septimus Hodge), Leonid Nevedomsky (Jellaby), Valery Degtyar (Ezra Chater), Valery Ivchenko (Richard Noakes), Alisa Freindlikh (Lady Croom), Mikhail Morozov (Captain Brice), Maria Lavrova (Hannah Jarvis), Elena Pertseva (Chloe Coverly), Andrei Tolubeev (Barnard Nightinghale), Oleg Popkov (Valentine Coverly), Alexei Serebrianny (Gus Coverly)...

The St.Petersburg Bolshoi Drama Theatre (BDT) has had a rich history. Since the time when young Tovstonogov became Artistic Director of the then declining theatre, the BDT has been living an entirely new life: without any neglect for the best traditions, Tovstonogov succeeded in assembling the best cast of the time, where nearly every actor was a recognized star. The repertory that he formed was also the best of its time. All this determined the well-deserved success and unswerving devotion of the audience. Since Tovstonogov's death the company has been headed by Kyril Lavrov, one of its lead­ing actors. The theatre has recently developed the practice of inviting talented directors from other companies for staging some of its new productions. Temur Chkheidze and Adolf Shapiro have already made their contribution, and now it is Elmo Nuganen, a star of Estonian theatre.

Elmo Nuganen is an actor and director, a holder of the State Prize of Estonia. Since his graduation from the Tallinn Conservatoire in 1988, he has collaborated with several Estonian theatres: the Ugala (Viliandi), the Endla (Piarnu), and the Estonian Drama Theatre (Tallinn).

Since 1992, Nuganen has been Artistic Director and actor of the Tallinn City Theatre. He has played Tuzenbach, Pantalone, Lopakhin, Platonov, Argon, Per Gunt and Mekki-Knife. He has twice received the best male part award of the 'Baltic House' Festival. Among his own productions Elmo Nuganen himself singles out The Love for Three Oranges, Ivanov, Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, and The Pianola, or the Mechanical Piano. His Romeo and Juliet was successfully pre­sented at the Edinburgh Festival, The White Marriage received the best direction award of the 'Baltic House' Festival, and The Pianola won the Grand Prix of the 'Baltic House-96' and the Second Prize of the 'Kontakt' Festival in Torun. In 1996 it was shown at the Chekhov Festival in Moscow.

Moscow Chekhov Art Theatre
1, 2 June