Alexander Pushkin. BORIS GODUNOV

  • Director

    Eimuntas NEKROŠIUS

  • Duration

    3 h 30 min (two acts)

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Premiere date

    May 22, 2015


Translation from Russian by Antanas Venclova and Jonas Graičiūnas


“Boris Godunov” is a performance based on a historical play of the same title written by the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. Based on historical facts, the play speaks of the period in Russian history, which is distinguished by an intense and cruel fight for power between influential rulers. Pushkin wrote “Boris Godunov” in 1825 relying on two historical sources: Nikolay Karamzin’s “History of the Russian State” and old chronicles. He was studying Shakespeare’s tragedies in detail, too. Tsar Nicholas I who ruled the country at that time forbade him to publish “Boris Godunov” proposing Pushkin to re-write the play. As Pushkin would not comply, “Boris Godunov” was published only in 1830 on Pushkin’s “own responsibility”.

Boris Godunov is a boyar of Tatar decendance who becomes a tsar. He kills the legitimate heir to the Russian throne, a child of Tsar Ivan The Terrible, Dmitriy. Complying with the demand of the Russian people, Boris ascends the throne. Some years later a pretender to the throne appears who declares himself Dmitriy. He claims his right to the throne and marches to Moscow with a crowd of supporters. Godunov has lost the trust of his people, and soon thereafter dies unexpetedly. He appoints his son Fyodor as heir to the throne. While the pretender Dmitriy enters Moscow, his confidants kill Tsarevich Fyodor and his mother. Upon finding out what has happened, the Russian people are in shock…

The author of “Boris Godunov”, Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), became famous for his fabulous poetry, his novel in verse “Eugene Onegin” and many other works. Lithuania has a relation to the great writer: in the end of the 19th century his son Grigoriy Pushkin arrived in Lithuania to stay and live in Markučiai. He died there in 1905. The play “Boris Godunov” mentions Lithuania a few times, some of the scenes take place close to the border of Lithuania.


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