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Season closes with Ivan The Terrible

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A scene from the Bolshoi Ballert’s production of ‘Ivan The Terrible.

An encore performance of Ivan the Terrible is at the Palace Cineplex, on Sunday, May, 24, at 11:30 a.m.

In the classic story, as young Ivan IV is crowned he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by his thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich's powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible's controversial reign and portrays events in 16th-Century Russia in visually stunning scenes.

The cast includes Mikhail Lobukhin as Ivan 1V, Anna Nikulina as Anastasia and Denis Rodkin as Prince Kurbsky.

The ballet Ivan the Terrible has a remarkable history in its genesis, spanning some three decades before the work was created and presented on the world stage in the 1970s. In the 1940s Sergei Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet, Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella) composed his Op.116, for the film Ivan the Terrible and its sequel, the first two parts of an uncompleted trilogy by director Sergei Eisenstein.

In the two parts that were produced, the film covers 1547 to 1569, focusing on the reign of Ivan IV of Russia. Among other highlights, it features his coronation; conflict with the Boyars; conquest of Kazan; the poisoning and death of his first wife, Anastasia; the formation of the Oprichniki; and his abdication.

Perhaps because of the war years, the scores of the film were not published during Prokofiev's lifetime. In 1962, they were arranged as an oratorio for soloists, chorus, and orchestras by Abram Stasevich, who conducted the scores for Eisenstein.

In 1973, composer Mikhail Chulaki and choreographer Yuri Grigorovich drew on Prokofiev's film scores to create the ballet Ivan the Terrible, which had its premiere in 1975.

This performance is the final in the spectacular 2014-2015 season of the Bolshoi Ballet, direct from the Moscow stage. The 2015-16 season is scheduled to commence on October 18 on the Palace Amusement circuit.

Tickets are on sale at participating theatre box offices and via the web at with a Palace Card.