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On 11 March, in RSAL, Vladimir Kiprin Presented his Book, The History of Moscow’s First Theatre School

Date: 22.03.2021

The History of the Moscow’s First Theatre School book was presented by its author, Vladimir Kiprin, architectural historian and ethnographer. He devoted many years to studying the history of the Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School, about which he wrote in his new book published by the Progress-Tradition publishing house.

In the publication, readers are introduced for the first time to the history of the buildings of Moscow’s first theatre school, which was founded in 1809 by a special decree of Emperor Alexander I. At the meeting, Vladimir Kiprin told when and where the theatre school was located for two centuries, the history of the buildings themselves, and where the theatre students lived and studied. The author introduced illustrative material, which has largely never before been published.


Of particular interest to Russian State Art Library (RSAL) readers and staff was the period of the mid-19th century, when the Theatre School was located at 8 Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street—RSAL’s current location. It was at the Theatre School that a theatre library was opened in a building on Pushechnaya Street in 1922, which moved to Bolshaya Dmitrovka in 1948, and has become the Russian State Art Library. RSAL’s specialists have been studying the history of the building—an architectural monument—for many years.