4 November 1959
The Premiere of the play “Barbarians” at BDT
This production of Georgy Tovstonogov became the debut in the BDT for two leading actors – Tatyana Doronina and Pavel Luspekaev. Luspekaev previously worked at the Kiev Theatre of Russian Drama. Doronina played in the Leningrad Lenin’s Komsomol Theatre and was known for her exactingness. The actress called Luspekaev “an ideal partner”. Vladislav Strzhelchik, Zinaida Sharko, Evgeny Lebedev, Oleg Basilashvili were engaged together with them in the production. It was “amazing ensemble”. Tovstonogov’s sister Natela called “Barbarians” her favorite performance at the beginning of the 20th century.