Theatre School in Liublino

The theatre school was built in Liublino in 1800-1801 under the guidance of Ivan Egotov, one of the best graduates of the Kazakov’s school of architecture. This theatre school situates close to the manor and is the first building in a row of structures along the entrance alley in the estate. Initially this building was used as a dwelling for serf actors of the estate owner Nikolay Durasov who died in 1818.
The structure consisted of a pair of two-storeyed outbuildings connected with an open corridor. The outbuildings were ‘identical in architecture and surmounted by the towers on the top’. The façades of the outbuildings were decorated with bas-reliefs ‘depicting dancing figures’. From the end of the 19th century till the October Revolution Liublino belonged to famous merchant Golofteev who rebuilt the estate premises for letting them as summer houses. In 1932, a two-storeyed structure was built to connect the theatre school outbuildings.
Besides the theatre school at the beginning of the 19th century there was a theatre that brought fame to its owner. Performances were given twice a week and the repertoire included plays by Beaumarchais, Griboedov and other famous authors. At the beginning of the 19th century this theatre was among the 20 most famous serf theatres in Russia and the choir was considered to be one of the best in the country. The head of the theatre was Peter Plavilschikov, a remarkable actor and writer (1760-1812) and thanks to his efforts the skill of serf actors was on a very high level. Afterwards when most serfs were freed they became actors in Moscow and St Petersburg theatres. The fame of the theatre reached the Tsar’s court and in May, 23, 1818 Empress Maria Feodorovna paid a visit to this theatre and was impressed by the performance.
Nowadays repair and restoration works are held in the building of the theatre school.

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