In the very center of the historical part of Kiev, a stone's throw from Khreshchatyk, not far from the Golden Gate, at the corner of two old streets - Pushkinskaya and Bohdan Khmelnitsky - there is a building well known to the people of Kiev and guests of the capital of Ukraine as the Lesya Ukrainka Theater (Russian Drama).
The value of any theater, its popularity with the audience is always determined by the presence of bright individuals in it. The official biography of the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama begins in 1926, when the Russian State Drama was organized in Kiev by the decision of the Kiev Executive Committee, and on October 15 of the same year the theater opened its first season.
In 1941 he was named after Lesya Ukrainka. However, the roots of the theater go back to the 19th century, in those distant times when various theatrical enterprises were born and ceased to exist throughout the Russian Empire. In Kiev, a permanent Russian theater was created in 1891, and it was the enterprise of the outstanding Russian director and actor Nikolai Solovtsov. The cast of this particular troupe later became the basis of the Kiev State Russian Drama Theater. The troupe of N. Solovtsov showed its first performances in this very room, where the Lesya Ukrainka Theater still operates today. This building went down in history as the "House of Bergonier". The Lesya Ukrainka Kiev Theater has always been famous for its acting and directing personalities. The theater has always been and remains the theater of the ensemble. They worked here: Mikhail Romanov, Yuri Lavrov, Maria Strelkova, Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya, Nikolai Svetlovidov, Evgenia Opalova, Viktor Dobrovolsky, Viktor Khalatov, and a little later Oleg Borisov, Pavel Luspekaev, Kirill Lavrov, Ada Rogovtseva - actors, Konstantin Khokhlov, Vladimir Nelli, Nikolay Sokolov, Leonid Varpakhovsky, Georgy Tovstonogov - directors, Anatoly Petritsky, Moritz Umansky, David Borovsky, Daniil Leader, Leon Alshits - artists, Boris Lyatoshinsky, Yuri Shaporin - composers.
Since 1994, the theater has been headed by the People's Artist of Ukraine Mikhail Reznikovich. Arriving at this theater in 1963, after completing the directing course with Georgy Tovstonogov, M. Reznikovich linked his creative destiny with this collective for a long time. Over the years, he has staged many performances in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Varna, Beijing. The theater is distinguished by traditionalism in interpretation and scope in performances. There are several experimental small scenes. The theater has an exposition dedicated to its history.