Sevastopol Academic Russian Dramatic A. Lunacharsky Theatre was founded in 1911 and pretty soon it will celebrate its 100th jubilee. It was called "Renaissance" up to 1920. The first director of the theatre was A.Nikulichev.
During the October Revolution and the Civil War (1917-1920) Sevastopol was a refuge for the intellectuals of the ruined Russian empire. Many great artists such as L. Sobinov, A. Vertinsky, A. Polevitskaya, F. Shalyapin performed in Sevastopol theatre those years.
In 1920 revolutionary committee took hold of the city and gave the name of people's comissar of education Anatoly Lunacharsky to the theatre.
The original building of the theatre was destroyed during the Second World War. The group of architects from Moscow headed by V. Pelevin worked out the project of a new building in classic style. Renewed theatre was opened in fall of 1957 on Primorsky boulevard.
A lot of famous directors staged different plays in Sevastopol theatre during its rich history. They are B. Bertels, B. Ryabikin, E. Mytnitsky, V. Yasnogorodsky, G. Tovstonogov, V. Petrov, R. Markholia, V. Pinigin, L. Zaykauskas, G. Lifanov, D. Astrakhan, V. Shulakov and many others.
The repertoire of Sevastopol theatre is based on the classical plays of russian dramatists ("Masquerade" by M. Lermontov, "Warning: children!" by A. Peshkov (M. Gorky), "Talents and admirers" by A. Ostrovsky, "Ivanov" by A. Chekhov, "Marriage" and "Revizor" by N. Gogol) and foreign playwrights ("Empire of the Moon and the Sun" after E. Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac", "Don Juan" by Molière, "Reigen" by A. Schnitzler, "Honeymoon in Venice" after W.S. Maugham's "The Unattainable", "Everything in the Garden" by E. Albee). Modern plays are also very popular: "Companion in life" by L. Korsunsky, "Factory girl" by A. Volodin, "Lady for a day" and "Family idyll" by O. Danilov.
Stage perfomances of Lunacharsky theatre take part in different theatrical festivals and contests in Ukraine and Russia and repeatedly became their laureates.
Nowadays the troupe consists of 50 actors. Many of them are honoured with the titles and state awards in the sphere of dramatic art.
The auditorium has 742 seats. The theatre has its own studios and workshops that make stage properties, scenery and costumes.
Lunacharsky theatre has one more stage for summer perfomances in National Preserve "Tauric Chersonesos" where an ancient amphitheatre remained since IV century B.C. Such stage versions of "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles, "The Frogs", "The Clouds" and "The Women Celebrating the Thesmophoria" by Aristophanes, "The Poisoned Tunic" by N. Gumilev and other perfomances are very popular among the citizens and the guests of Sevastopol.