Reflecting its founders’ great appreciation of theatrical art, during its five year history, the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation has provided backing for five productions staged at the Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre. The latest of these, “The Canterville Ghost” had its premiere on 30 January and has already proved to be very popular with audiences.
Aleksey Scherbak adapted this musical from the motifs of the famous Irish writer Oscar Wilde’s short story “The Canterville Ghost”. Audiences are introduced to the adventures of an American family that has bought an old English castle together with its resident ghost, Sir Simon de Canterville, who is not impressed with the invasion of his property by these “vulgar Americans”. You can find out what happens next by seeing the show, the music for which has been composed by the Maestro, Raimonds Pauls. The collaboration between the composer, who celebrated his 80th birthday on 12 January 2016, and the Riga Russian Theatre dates back to 1963.
The first time that viewers were able to enjoy fragments from this production was during a concert held on 29 October 2015, which the theatre staged especially for the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2015, in honour of the collaboration between the foundation and the theatre. On this occasion, excerpts were performed from five shows produced by the theatre with the support of the foundation: “Twelfth Night”, “Tango with Strok”, “The Bridegrooms”, “Hanuma” and “The Canterville Ghost”. The evening was rendered even more memorable by the presence at the piano of the Maestro himself.
Tickets to the show are on sale at the theatre’s ticket booths, as well as throughout the “Biļešu serviss” network. For more information about this production, please visit the Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre homepage.