The great Georgian stage director and reformer, Kote Marjanishvili founded the second state theatre back in 1928. Ever since the theatre has carried on the traditions set by the founder and has earned the status of a “social theatre” by marrying the tradition with novelty and never failing to keep up the quality of its productions. Not only does Marjanishvili Theatre maintain the leading position in the contemporary Georgian cultural scene but it also comes to assume the role of a social educator and commentator.
The outstanding Gergian director Levan Tsuladze has held the post of the artistic director of the theatre since 2006 putting together a wonderful team of actors, directors, painters and composers who try to meet contemporary technological challenges and find new avenues through experimentation.
The theatre annually premiers from 7 to 10 plays and has got 30 productions included in its repertoire staged by directors across all age groups. The plays range from national to world classics with a special emphasis on contemporary authors and texts. This could explain the prevalence of young audience among its 50 000 viewers per season.
The theatre transcends its primary role and enjoys a profile of a diverse and vibrant social institution which promotes various art projects and brings together contemporary Georgian poets and writers. It hosts literary and educational projects, exhibitions, play readings by young dramatists and other cultural events.
Marjanishvili theatre tours extensively throughout the world and participates in major festivals. The theatre is involved in co-productions with its counterparts in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Greece, Poland, Azerbaijan, Macedonia and Ukrain.
Since 2015 the theatre has been a member of ETC, International Theatre Convention.
After the Marjanishvili theatre performance in Globe Theatre The Guardian’s Kate Kellaway wrote:
“If all the theatre in Georgia comes anywhere close to the standard of the Marjanishvili company, then the job of theatre critic there must be the most covetable in the land”
Theater art director: Levan Tsuladze
General Manager: Ekaterina Mazmishvili
Tel: (+995) 577516850