27/Aug/2014 - Last News Update: 14:56

Russian director Pyotr Fomenko dies at 80

Category: Entertainment

Published: 9th Aug 2012 17:44:41

Renowned Russian stage director Pyotr Fomenko, who founded one of Moscow's most popular theatres, has died aged 80.

President Vladimir Putin called his death "a huge, irreplaceable loss for Russian culture and for the theatre that he created and devoted his life to serving".

Fomenko staged more than 60 plays in Russian and foreign theatres, over a career spanning 50 years.

The cause of his death is not known.

The celebrated director formed The Pyotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre in the 1990s, building a troupe from students at Moscow's theatre academy, where he also worked as a teacher.

His innovative approach to adapting Shakespeare, Chekhov and other classics proved popular and the company moved to its own quarters in 2000, with the city funding spacious new premises in 2008.

Fomenko also staged contemporary works by the likes of Andrei Voznesensky and Alexander Tvardovsky.

He began his career as an actor in 1958 before moving into directing in the 1960s, although some of his productions were banned by Soviet authorities for being politically provocative.

He moved to then-Soviet Georgia and later to Leningrad in the 1970s, eventually taking the helm of the Leningrad Comedy Theatre, where he lost his job in 1981 after falling out with authorities.

Fomenko was highly regarded by his colleagues, who admired his vision and wit, and thought of him as a pioneer who took Russian theatre to a new level.

He said his job sometimes gave him "moments of pure happiness when tears would well up in my eyes".

The director also stated that he saw failure as a challenge and valued it more than success.

"A failure is sometimes more useful and more important both as a survival test and a source of feeling for drama," he said in a recent documentary.

Fomenko died while working on a new production of national poet Alexander Pushkin's play Boris Godunov.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Russian director Pyotr Fomenko dies at 80 [Online] (Updated 9th Aug 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1445440/Russian-director-Pyotr-Fomenko-dies-at-80 [Accessed 27th Aug 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Wales include Manchester United forward Tom Lawrence for Andorra

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has named three uncapped players in his squad for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier away to Andorra on 9 September.
  • Second arrest over politician Dr Imran Farooq's murder

    A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of an exiled Pakistani politician who was attacked on his way home from work in London.
  • Indian girl, 7, survives being buried alive

    A seven-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly buried alive by relatives in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been rescued by a villager.
  • Supermarket sales growth 'at 10-year low'

    Low inflation in the price of groceries has led to growth in supermarket sales hitting a 10-year low, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Sting shows to support Sage Gateshead anniversary

    Sting has announced two concerts to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sage Gateshead arts venue.