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12 October 1987

The premiere of the “The Lower Depths”

This was the last play staged by Georgy Tovstonogov at the Bolshoi Drama Theatre with Alisa Freindlich, Oleg Basilashvili, Evgeny Lebedev, Kirill Lavrov, Vladislav Strzhelchik, and Svetlana Kryuchkova. General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife have attended the premiere. After the performance, pictures were taken together with actors in makeup - and it looked very strange: the main couple of the country surrounded by people who looked like homeless.

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