It is known that in 1858 a guest from St Petersburg expressed his admiration by an amateur performance which he saw in Tyumen. This fact was noticed and from that moment on theatrical history of Tyumen began.
The first Tyumen actors were enthusiasts from the local college and popular citizens: Reshetnikov, Sheshukov, merchants and their daughters.
In 1890 merchant of the first guild, and Honoured Citizen of Tyumen, Andrey Tekutyev, established a permanent theatre, which went down in history as Tekutyevsky Theatre. Andrey kept the theatre for 26 years and willed it to the city upon his death. Unfortunately, the first theatre building burnt at the beginning of the 1920s, and the salt storage of Tekutyev was reconstructed as the theatre. This is where the Tyumen Theatre was located up to 2008, at the junction of Pervomayskaya and Gertsena streets.
The new building resembles the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow because of its classical shapes, columns and stucco work. It is unique not only because of its size, which is bigger than in any other theatre in Russia, but also because of the fact that it was built very quickly – the construction work lasted for one year and eight months. The building is situated on a hill, with underground parking for a capacity of 120 places.
For the first time in the theatre`s history, its actor, Georgy Dyakonov-Dyachenkov, received the title The People`s Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in 1976. The theatre is also proud of its People`s Artists of the USSR Evgeny Matveev, Vladimir Krasnopolsky, Valentina Litvinova, Irina Arkadyeva and Pyotr Velyaminov. During its successful tour in 2000, the Tyumen theatre was named ` an unprovincial theatre from a province`.
The cast is actively touring in Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, Lipetsk, Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk and Magnitogorsk.
Contacts: Respubliki St., 129, +7(3452)40-98-33
Repertoire and programme are here: www.tdt72.ru