Theatre of Satire



  • A theater in Moscow that became noted for its avant-garde stagingin the 1950s. It opened in 1924 with a series of revues and subsequentlyproduced works of satire and comedy under Nicolai Gorchakov. In 1954Valentin Pluchek created a sensation by staging Mayakovsky'sThe Bedbug and The Bathhouse in a formalist manner similarto that of V. E. Meyerhold, who had been officially denouncedunder Stalin. Pluchek became artistic director of the theater in 1957.the Theatre of Satire's resident company transferred to a larger theaterin the 1960s, a move that reflected their success.