Set designer - Alexey Poray-Koshits
Costumes designed by Irina Tsvetkova
Lighting designer - Gleb Filshtinsky
Directed by Valery Galendeev
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes with one intermission.
Cast: Tatyana Shestakova, Sergey Kuryshev, Elena Solomonova, Alexey Zubarev, Darya Rumyantseva, Elizaveta Boyarskaya/Ekaterina Kleopina, Vladimir Seleznev, Anatoly Kolibyanov, Igor Chernevich, Pavel Gryaznov, Stanislav Nikolsky, Oleg Gayanov, Alexander Koshkarev, Igor Ivanov/Sergey Kozyrev, Oleg Dmitriev, Vladimir Zakhariev, Danila Kozlovskiy, Stanislav Tkachenko, Vyacheslav Korobitsyn.
The play «Life and Fate» is the Winner of the Golden Mask Award as «DRAMA/ BEST LARGE SCALE PRODUCTION» (2008) and nominated for the Golden Mask Award in nominations «Best Director», «Best Actress» (Tatyana Shestakova) and «Best Actor» (Sergei Kuryshev).
«Life and Fate» is the Winner of the Golden Sofit Award.
The play based on one of the best Russian novels of the twentieth century was showed in France, Italy, Australia, Israel, USA, Romania, Croatia and Germany.
Lev Dodin - People's Artist of Russia. Laureate of State Prize of the USSR, the Winner of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award and of the Union of Theatres of Europe, «Europe - The Theatre». In 2000 Dodin was presented the highest European Theatre Award – Europe Theatre Prize, and in 2001 he received the Russian Presidential Award.
Studied at Leningrad Institute for Theatre, Music and Cinema under Boris Zon and Georgy Tovstonogov which he graduated in 1966. he was a guest director in different theaters of Russia and abroad including Leningrad Young Viewers’ Theatre, Gorky Theater, MKhAT and others. In 1975 he started to work with Maly Drama Theatre. In 1982 he became the artistic director of the theatre and has led the theatre since then. Productions: «House» and «Brothers and Sisters» by F. Abramov, «Lord of the Flies» by William Golding, «Gaudeamus» by C. Kaledin, «The Devils» by F. Dostoevsky, «Love under the Elms», «Long Day's Journey Into Night» by J. O'Neill, «The Cherry Orchard», «A Play Without a Title», «The Seagull», «Uncle Vanya» by A. Chekhov, «Chevengur» by A. Platonov, «Molly Sweeney» by B. Friel, «Moscow Chorus» by L. Petrushevskaya, «King Lear», «Fruitless efforts of love» by William Shakespeare, «Life and Fate» by V. Grossman. Dodin also staged «A Gentle Creature» with Oleg Borisov (BDT and MKhAT), «The Golovlev Family» with Innokenty Smoktunovsky (MKhAT), «Bankrupt» (Finnish National Theatre), the opera «Elektra» at the Salzburg Festival together with Claudio Abbado, «Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District» at the Florence Musical May Festival, «The Queen of Spades» in Amsterdam, Florence and Paris together with Semen Bychkov, «Mazepa» at the La Scala in Milan with Mstislav Rostropovich, and «Demon» at the Châtelet in Paris. In 1967 Dodin began teaching acting and directing. Now he is a professor at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.
The Maly Drama Theatre was created in 1944 in Leningrad. Recent decades it has become one of the world's leaders of theatrical process. More than sixty cities of Europe, Australia, North and South America, Southeast Asia saw the performances of the theatre.
The Maly Drama Theatre is a regular guest and participant in prestigious theatre festivals of the world. The theatre's coaches, led by Lev Dodin, hold workshops at major theatre schools in Europe and America. The theatre offers internship to young directors and actors from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, Hungary and the Scandinavian countries. In 1992 the theatre directed by Lev Dodin and Lev Dodin himself were invited to join the Union of Theatres of Europe, and in 1998 Dodin’s theatre was the third theatre granted the status THEATRE OF EUROPE after the Odeon in Paris and the Piccolo in Milan. Lev Dodin is a member of the General Assembly of the Union of Theatres of Europe.