Maly theatre held the next evening in memory of Russian actor, playwright and former Director of the Maly theatre, Prince A. I. Sumbatov-Yuzhin on September 17, 2016.
Prince A. I. Sumbatov-Yuzhin (1857-1927) derives from a Georgian family. He graduated from the law faculty of St. Petersburg University. In 1876 he started his professional career as an actor. From 1882 until his death he worked at the Maly theater, becoming its Director.
During the evening the actors presented scenes from the plays of A. I. Sumbatov-Ugine:
“Treason” is a historical romantic play – the legend of the heroic struggle of the Georgian women, led by Queen Zainab for freedom of their Motherland, in which the main role was performed by M. Ermolova.
“Old school” – another play about the Caucasus.
“The falcons and the ravens” – a drama from Russian life, recently recreated in the Stavropol drama theatre after M. Lermontov.
The tradition of celebrating September 17 came from the Sumbatov-Yuzhin birthday parties held on this day. After the death of Sumbatov-Ugine, his widow Maria Sumbatova (nee. Baroness Korf) in memory of her husband invited guests, colleagues and friends on the 17th of each month. “The meeting by 17 numbers” ceased in 1938, after the death of his widow.
Memorial apartment of A. I. Sumbatov-Yuzhin opened to the public in 2015. It is located in an apartment in a Bolshoi Palashevsky, 5, where from 1892 to 1927 he lived Ambatovy. Office, living room, dining room and funds were bequeathed to Maly theatre, but turned into a communal apartment, it stayed so until 2001.
The study, which is showed to visitors today by staff of the Museum, was completely restored according to the sketches of Sumbatov-Ugine niece, M. Boguslawskaya-Sumbatova. There are portraits of members of the Sumbatov family, and his favorite writers like Pushkin, Rustaveli, etc. Living room, bedroom, study have valuable exhibits, including sketches of K. Korovin in the performances of the Maly theatre and costume of Richard III in which he was played by Sumbatov-Yuzhin.