Vsevolod Meyerhold Theater

Address: 20 Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, Moscow (the building has been reconstructed and is now the Chaikovskii Concert Hall)

Vsevolod Meyerhold Theater in Moscow. Photo: PastVu

Vsevolod Meyerhold Theater in Moscow. Photo: PastVu

In the 1920s, Shalamov was a regular visitor at both avant-garde and traditional theaters. One of his favorites was GosTIM – the State Theater of Vsevolod Meyerhold. From 1922-1932, it was located on Triumfalnaya Square. Under Vsevolod Meyerhold's direction, avant-garde theater, which intended to break the conventions of traditional theater, had a direct connection with the audience and interpreted classics in a contemporary style. GosTIM presented plays written by Mayakovsky and Olesha, and it enjoyed great popularity among young leftists.

In 1938, the theater was no longer supported by the Stalinist regime and was closed down. In 1939, Vsevolod Meyerhold was arrested, tortured, and executed.

Sergey Solovyov