BOROSETSKII, V. V. [editor]. Leningradskii gosudarstvennyi teatr komedii. Sezon 1940-1941.

Leningrad, State Theatre, [1940].


8vo. Original printed wrappers in red and black, pp. 70, [2], numerous photographic portraits in the text; wrappers a little dusted, internally good, released from an Estonian library (stamps to title).

A very rare survival of the last complete theatre season in Leningrad before the siege, the official booklet for the season 1940-41, with articles on the actors, playwrights and plays. Named in 1989 after its founder and director N. P. Akimov, the Leningrad State Theatre of Comedy was one of the most influential and successful theatres of the Soviet Union. The artistic director Akimov had formed a collectiv of actors, designers, and technicians, who staged plays not only by Russian writers, but as well Shakespeare, Sheridan's School of Scandal or Lope de Vega. The theatre continued during the Siege of Leningrad until December, 1941, when it was evacuated to Siberia.