“According to the announcement on Avito” – Marat Basharov told how he got into the Moscow Art Theater

Actor Marat Basharov.

Actor Marat Basharov.

A picture: Boris KUDRYAVOV

The Moscow Art Theater is preparing for the opening of the season. This year it was a few months late due to extensive renovations. The more curious the intrigue: what will surprise the audience with the updated Moscow Art Theater.

The first premiere of the season is a performance by director Galina Polishchuk “Unexpectedly”, based on the story of Valentin Rasputin. One of the main roles is played by the artist Marat Basharov. At a press conference organized by RIA Novosti, Basharov jokingly answered a question from journalists about how he got into the Moscow Art Theater.

– Well how? .. Avito and the newspaper “Iz ruk v ruki” are still working– said the artist. – I dreamed of meeting Galina Polishchuk (Basharov says that he saw her play “Yesenin’s Women” and was delighted – Ed.) And asked the Almighty to meet her. Then the phone rang. Well, on the other end of the line they tell me: Galina Polishchuk wants to meet you … Of course, I agreed to work with such a master. I’m ready to be a bear on a chain in her performance and raft down the river like a tree…

Basharov said so then he graduated from the Shchepkinsky Theater School in 1996his course was shown to Tatyana Doronina.

– Tatyana Vasilievna told me: “Hello, Marat. I invite you to work with us in the theater.” But Mikhalkov lured me to his film “The Barber of Siberia,” Basharov recalled. – And I went to the cinema, and the dream of working in the Moscow Art Theater remained with me.

In the play “Unexpectedly, out of the blue” he plays the role of a narrator, the main character Senya, a bear and other characters “live”.

Playbill for the play “Unexpected, unexpected” staged by the Moscow Art Theater. Gorky.

“Not everything works for me yet,” the artist admitted. – But I’m betting on this achievement. It seems to me that Rasputin, despite the outward simplicity, is a very complex author internally. He’s hard to play.

Journalists asked Basharov how he manages to combine rehearsals in the play with filming in the TV show “Ice Age” on Channel 1.

Yesterday we recorded the finale of “Ice Age”.. I won’t tell you who won. Two days later – the premiere in the theater, – says Basharov. – I turned like Figaro, who is here and there. Between filming and rehearsing. Our shot has matured all over. But it can also be said differently: if you chase two hares, you catch none.

Ice skating is for the soul. But the first number is still theater.


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By Peter Kavinsky

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