18 December 1902
Premiere "The Lower Depths" at Moscow Art Theatre
Maxim Gorky finished his play in early 1902. It first was staged at Art Theatre, and only then, in 1903, was released in print. The production was staged by Konstantin Stanislavsky (who also played Satin) and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. The best theatre actors were engaged in it: Vasily Kachalov, Ivan Moskvin, Olga Knipper, Gorky's future wife Maria Andreyeva. Before rehearsals, the future participants of the performance, led by Vladimir Gilyarovsky, had a tour around dosshouses of Khitrov marketplace. The premiere was a great success.