State Academic Music and Drama Theatre named after Kalibek Kuanyshbayev marks its 25th anniversary this year. A quarter century ago, it staged its first play Gabit Musrepov’s ‘Akan Seri’. Later it directed hundreds of the world's best novels and Kazakh playwrights’ narratives. Famous historical plays became the theater’s distinctive feature. They are performed every season. Thereby the theatre is trying to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Kazakh people.

 

ASSANALI ASHIMOV, PEOPLE'S ARTIST OF KAZAKHSTAN:

This is a modern theater with a fresh vision. It has a good stage direction and talented actors.

 

Such outstanding personalities as Zhakyp Omarov, Kadyr Zhetpisbayev, Azerbaizhan Mambetov made a big contribution to formation of the Kazakh Drama Theatre. Kuanyshbayev theatre has won 17 Grand Prizes over the past 25 years. Its productions have received acclaim at the leading theater festivals in Egypt, Germany, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. This year, the drama theater won the leading prize in a competition among other Central Asian theaters. Troupes from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Tatarstan competed for the prize. Actors of the metropolitan Kazakh Drama Theatre presented a play based on Anton Chekhov's play "The Cherry Orchard" and won the Grand Prize of the festival.

 

AIBOLAT SEKSENBAYEV, DIRECTOR, KUANYSHBAYEV THEATRE:

At present, we have 17 Grand Prizes from various contests. I believe that we will achieve even greater success under the management of the theater’s art director Talgat Temenov.

 

TALGAT TEMENOV, ART DIRECTOR, KUANYSHBAYEV THEATRE:

When there is silence in the hall, when actors touch spectator’s hearts then this means that the play was successful. This is not just the theatre’s anniversary but also a significant event in the cultural life of Kazakhstan.

 

Meanwhile, the theatre’s troupe is not going to rest on oars; on the contrary, such success is motivating them to conquer new heights in the world of art. This season, the troupe is going on tour to Russia and Tatarstan. In addition, the actors will demonstrate their skills at the International Festival in Turkey and possibly will bring another award.

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