Crime and Punishment

  • Director: Levan Tsuladze, Temo Kuprava
  • Theatre:Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre
  • Hosting Theatre:Kote Marjanishvili State Professional Drama Theater (Big Stage)
  • Date:
    • 1 October - 20:30 hr,

Text adaptation by  Levan Tsuladze, Temo Kuprava

Directed by Levan Tsuladze, Temo Kuprava
Scenography by Levan Tsuladze 
Costume Designer Nino Surguladze 
Choreography by Tinatin Tsuladze
Music adaptation by Zura Gagloshvili
Video installation by David Dvalishvili
Assistant to director Nino Jorjoliani

Raskolnikov - Paata Papuashvili
Porfiry  - Nika Kuchava
Sonya​ - Anuka Grigolia
Marmeladov​, Luzhin - Besiki Baratashvili
Razumikhin - Giorgi Kiknadze
Alyona Ivanovna, Katerina - Tamar Bukhnikashvili
Dunya - Lela Meburishvili / Nata Berejiani

About the performance:
A year ago we planned a trilogy depicting violence and savagery. The first performance of the trilogy is Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata - the story on domestic violence.

The second performance of Trilogy is Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment - the story of a young man, who reaches goals through violence and aggression. Ultimately destruction and devastation is inevitable for such life. 

For the third part of Trilogy, we debated a lot. Finally, artistic director has chosen Pierre Beaumarchais THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. Yes, violence could creep through events, places, stories and people, you never expect.

The pandemic forced us to prolong rehearsals for nine months, which enabled the creative group to delve deeper into the classic masterpiece.

We used the period was a gift to us and might prove likewise interesting to the intellectuals and not only them.


The great Georgian stage director and reformer, Kote Marjanishvili founded the second state theatre back in 1928. Ever since the theatre has carried on the traditions set by the founder and has earned the status of a “social theatre” by marrying the tradition with novelty and never failing to keep up the quality of its productions. Not only does Marjanishvili Theatre maintain the leading position in the contemporary Georgian cultural scene but it also comes to assume the role of a social educator and commentator.

The outstanding Gergian director Levan Tsuladze has held the post of the artistic director of the theatre since 2006 putting together a wonderful team of actors, directors, painters and composers who try to meet contemporary technological challenges and find new avenues through experimentation.

The theatre annually premiers from 7 to 10 plays and has got 30 productions included in its repertoire staged by directors across all  age groups. The plays range from national to world classics with a special emphasis on contemporary authors and texts. This could explain the prevalence of young audience among its 50 000 viewers per season.

The theatre transcends its primary role and enjoys a profile of a diverse and vibrant social institution which promotes various art projects and brings together contemporary Georgian poets and writers. It hosts literary and educational projects, exhibitions, play readings by young dramatists and other cultural events.

Marjanishvili theatre tours extensively throughout the world and participates in major festivals. The theatre is involved in co-productions with its counterparts in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Greece, Poland, Azerbaijan, Macedonia and Ukrain.

After the Marjanishvili theatre performance in Globe Theatre The Guardian’s Kate Kellaway wrote:

“If all the theatre in Georgia comes anywhere close to the standard of the Marjanishvili company, then the job of theatre critic there must be the most covetable in the land”

Contact information:
Theater art director: Levan Tsuladze
Manager: Ekaterina Mazmishvili
Tel: (+995) 577516850


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