JERUSALEM (Dec. 3)
Israel and the Soviet Union are setting the stage for a major exchange of theatrical talent.
Israel’s famous acting troupe, Habimah, which had its origins in Moscow more than 70 years ago, returns there next month for what promises to be a long run.
Israelis, meanwhile, can look forward to a visit by Moscow’s renowned Taganka Theater, which will perform at least three plays here starting next June. The troupe will be accompanied by the Soviet Union’s newly appointed minister of culture, Nikolai Gubienko, but not in his official capacity.
Gubienko, an actor by profession, will be performing with the company, theater administrator Alexander Yefimovitch told a news conference at Beit Sokolov on Sunday.
Gubienko directed the Taganka from 1983 to 1985. He was named minister of culture by President Mikhail Gorbachev only two months ago.
Yefimovitch predicted full houses for Habimah and said its tour will probably run at least six months.
Though tickets have not gone on sale yet, orders are pouring in for performances through next July at the Taganka office in Moscow, which is handling the Habimah tour, Yefimovitch said.
Israel Television will record its opening in special broadcasts from Moscow in January.