When planning to visit the main sights of Minsk, you will certainly meet a lot of offers and enthusiastic reviews about the Yanka Kupala Theater. Be sure to visit there. The oldest of the surviving Belarusian theaters, the National Academic Theater named after Yanka Kupala in Minsk, became the only one in the country where the Grand Duke Romanov Vladimir Alexandrovich and Princess Maria Pavlovna took part. The emperor and his wife were put on a gold coin under the first bricks of the future theater, and Archpriest Nikifor Smolich performed a moleben before the construction began. ?
But not only this is the whole uniqueness of the academic theater of Y. Kupala. It was the only theater built to replace the burnt in the Cathedral Square, was built on the donations of citizens . By the time the first bricks were laid in 1888, by their Imperial Highnesses, the citizens collected 25,000 rubles. The construction of the new theater was entrusted to the architects Kozlovsky and Vvedensky, who embodied in their project all the technical achievements of that time and laid the basic concept of the future Alexander Square. Completed the building of the city theater in 1890 and in June was presented with the first performance.
The auditorium for 550 seats (after the reconstruction was increased to 700) shaped like a horseshoe with porters, loggias and balconies. The walls and columns were decorated with fretwork and paintings and hung portraits of recognized creative geniuses of that time (Pushkin, Gogol, Glinka, Ostrovsky). The stage portal was decorated with the coat of arms of Minsk province.
In 1944, the Minsk City Theater was renamed the National Academic Theater in honor of the poet Yanka Kupala. In 1956, the architect Duhan A. undertook the reconstruction of the building and in 1958 it was reopened for a visit. Unfortunately, after the restoration, the building of the theater lost its individuality and turned into a classical Palace of Culture of that era with smooth walls, devoid of graceful elements, painted in faded tones
In 2011, the Belarusian authorities decided to restore the theater in its former guise. For two years, the work was carried out and on March 29, 2013 the building of the theater began to correspond to its original appearance thanks to architects and restorers, painstakingly working and accurately restoring it according to old chronicles, postcards and photographs.
Today the National Theater tops the list of main attractions and is a symbol of the theatrical culture of Belarus. The repertoire of the Y. Kupala Theater is wide and multifaceted, it includes Belarusian and foreign classics, genre and modern plays. The troupe of the theater toured the whole country and abroad. Therefore, having visited Minsk, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the performance in the theater and to come in contact with a great history.