The history of the Moscow Armenian Theatre is rooted in an early 20-ies of XX century, when the house is a well-known Armenian benefactors graphs Lazarev began to work the Second (Armenian) theater drama Studio, headed by Lenin Suren Khachaturov (the elder brother of composer Aram Khachaturian).
In the Studio as the teachers worked the best representatives of culture, science and art V. Y. Bryusov, A. K. Dzhivelegov. N. I. Marr, I. A. Orbeli, G. B. Yakulov, etc.
An invaluable contribution to the development of the Studio and the theatre was made by K. S. Stanislavsky, who taught the students the culture of speech and drama, and also put young Armenian actors performances.
A special role in the development of the Armenian theater and work with actors belongs to the E. B. Vakhtangov.
the Theatre was opened may 31, 1922 with the premiere of "rose Valley", (based on the play by A. Aharonian and M. Manvelyan) supplied by Suren Khachaturov E. B. Vakhtangov.
Being responsible for the theatre group and the inability (as a huge health and employment) to lead the theatre, the Vakhtangov E. B. drew on the work of his student Ruben Simonov, who later headed it.
Simonov, in turn, attracted to work in the Studio of the Armenian bright students of Vakhtangov theatre: Rappoport, Zavadsky, Shchukin, Kudryavtseva.
In creative collaboration with the Rappaport, Simonov on court of spectators have presented five performances: "Uncle Bagdasar", "Eastern dentist", "highly Respected beggars" by A. Paronyan, "Pepo" and "Khatabala" by G. Sundukyan.
The plays "Uncle Bagdasar" (1927), "Khatabala" (1928) and "the Eastern dentist" (1928). Aram Khachaturian composed the music.
the Theatre toured the regions of Russia and Transcaucasia.
Together with the Armenian colleagues in the performances was attended by prominent Moscow theater - im Moskvin, E. N. Gogolev, V. N. Yakhontov, V. I. Kachalov.
In 1946, R.N. Simonov organized the work of directing courses, taught by famous masters - Mikhail Romm, Sergei Yutkevich, Gerasimov. Here were educated many of the Directors of theatre and cinema of Russia and Armenia.
Cultural and educational life in the House of Lazarev was in full swing and evolved until 1952, and was savagely interrupted by the efforts of supporter of the Stalinist regime of Lavrentiy Beria.
New history of the theatre
In 2002, exactly fifty years after closing, begins new story theater.
the Disciple and companion of S. Parajanov, theatre Director and actor Stepanyan has recreated the Studio and the theatre in the Lazarev house(where it was based in 2002 with the founding until 2010), continuing his great ancestors, keeping the tradition of their Studio and theater work.
cultural Institution of the city Moscow "Moscow Armenian theatre" under the direction of Fame Stepanian operates under the auspices of the Union of Armenians of Russia and is based in the SAR.
the founders of the theatre by the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the Russian Federation and a private person, a famous Moscow lawyer, President of the Union of Lawyers of Moscow, Mr. M. B. Shamirov
the repertoire of the theatre for 10 performances, many of whom are Laureates and diploma Winners of various international theatre festivals.
the Performances are played in Armenian, Russian languages. Some of the performances are played and in the original language of the plays.
Their performances at the theater performed the wizard from Russia, Armenia, Germany, Georgia, etc.
Together with a young team on the theatre stage facing prominent representatives of the theatrical elite of Russia and other countries:
national artist of Russia A. Petrenko, uh .Vitorgan, Igor Kostolevsky, A. Mikhailov, A. Sheinin, A. Goloborodko, A. Korshunov, D. Haratyan, V. Konkin, Yu. Nazarov;
honored artists of Russia O. Cabo, O. Gushchin, A. Semchev, G. Martirosyan;
the artists of theatre and cinema E. Voskresensky, A. Tyutin, M. Has, N. Voronov and others.
the theater is generously illuminated by the journalists. Published article in newspaper "Literaturnaya Gazeta", "Argumenty I Fakty", "Noah's Ark", the "Armenpress", "Fringe Review", "The TheatreguideLondon Reviews", "Moskovskaya Pravda", "Orlovskaya Pravda", "Vecherny Minsk", the magazines "Strastnoy Bulvar,10", "Scene", "French", "Aniv", "Anelik", etc.
an Important event in the creative life of the theater were the subjects of programs of Russian and Armenian television (TV Kultura, NTV, First Channel of Armenia, Armtv Ru, etc.) and radio channels ("Voice of Russia", "France Bleu Vaucluse", "Russian Radio", etc.)
the Theatre maintains a vital connection with the intellectuals of Armenia and Russia, with the descendants of those who laid the first stone in education and the theatre Studio of the Armenian theater in Moscow.
the Theatre working with the youth wing of the Union of Armenians of Russia, Fund of Development of Armenian culture, a Community of Intellectual interaction of Armenian Young people of aiay, a Charitable Foundation in support of children and young people "Urartu" Armenian Sunday school of the CC of the RA Embassy in Russia, Armenian national ensembles "Flowers of Armenia" and "Ionic", secondary schools of Moscow № 1110 and 1650, Multicultural centre, education Department of the CAO, representatives of the Armenian community, Podolsk and Mytishchi, creative group of TV Armenian Diaspora in Moscow and many others. etc.
the Theatre was the tree from which come the young artistic shoots, creative shots of the theatre was created in Moscow new theatre companies, continuing our common cause to preserve and promote Armenian culture in Russia.
the Theatre has gradually grown from just theatre and became a hotbed of where people come primarily Russians and Armenians, but also representatives of other nationalities with their joys, troubles, anxieties and hopes. And theater alive and pulsing along with his people, with their Homeland.