Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theater

Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theater

The history of the Kote Marjanishvili Theatre begins in 1928, when it was founded by the great Georgian director and reformer of theatre for whom it is named.

If Paris is well-known today for the Espace Pierre Cardin where, in the 1970s, Pierre Cardin created a synthesis of various artistic genres on a single stage, this idea, in the words of theatre expert Nodar Gurabanidze, was conceived in the mind of Marjanishvili half a century before Cardin.

The performances of Marjanishvili blended everything together in a delicate harmony, including the acting, the script, the scenes, rhythm, music, and art. At the time, Marjanishvili was supported by two Georgian artists, both important figures in Georgian modernism - Davit Kakabadze, and the revolutionary of Georgian stage and costume design, Petre Otskheli.

Today, the traditions of Kote Marjanishvili are still upheld at Marjanishvili Street 8, where the theatre season starts each September and ends in June. The theatre has two stages, allowing up to 400 performances to be put on for as many as 40,000 avid theatergoers. 

The Marjanishvili Theater Troupe is composed of both permanent and invited actors.

The building itself was built in 1909 by the well-known art patron brothers, the Zubalashvilis. 

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