Kyivs dramatic theatre on Podol
Theatre on Podol is a theatre company situated in the picturesque Podol district of Kiev. Its permanent home is a decorative 19th century building on Andreevsky Spusk, a tree-lined cobbled street winding down from the stunning church of Saint Andrew. This historic area is known as Kiev's Monmartre, and has many cafes, small shops, theatres and a frequent outdoor art market running the length of the street. The writer Bulgakhov's house is just one of the street's treasures, along with museums and galleries. The British Embassy is soon to move into the street and is re-furbishing one of the many grand old homes for this purpose. The Theatre on Podol building is currently closed to complete refurbishment and reconstruction with city funds. It will eventually include a small indoor auditorium housed in the original private family theatre of the gracious building, a big stage with 300 seat auditorium, cafe, gallery, set and costume workshops, rehearsal rooms and office space.
During reconstruction, the company has moved to the 17th century coaching inn in the hart of Podol's main square, the Gostinny Dvor, where it has a long-term lease. The Podol district of Kiev, now fashionable and much sought after, is one of the oldest parts of the city. Crowning the hill is the magnificent church of Saint Andrew, painted tuquoise and withgreaming gold and green onion roofs. Nearby are the ruins of an 11th century church rased to the gound by the Tartars when they invaded Kiev in the 13th century. At the foot of the hill is a busy square and shoping district, and stretching north towards Kiev's spectacular River Dniepr is an old district of shiping warehouses. Every city, it seams, has its Podol a former industrial area adjoining historic homes and monuments, once somewhat neglected and rapidly becoming a centre for artistic and creative enterprises. Podol is still an area for working people and it is for this audience that Theatre on Podol primarily works.
The company has toured extensively and has been lauded in Ukraine, Russia, USA, Greece, Egypt, Costa Rica, and many other countries around the globe. It has already become a tradition for the theatre to take part in Edinburgh Theatre Festival which is the biggest and one of the most prestigious theatre fairs in the world. In 1994 the company took the risk of bringing two Shakespearean productions Midsummer Nights Dream and Iago after Othello for the festival. And that was the year when the Theatre on Podol became famous both with the audience and mass media.
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