Georgian International Festival
of Arts in Honor of Michail Tumanishvili
18 October

Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre
164, Agmashenebeli Avenue 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
King Lear

18 octomber, 20:00


William Shakespeare




Director: Zurab Getsadze

Translation : Manana Antadze

Artist : Shota Glurjidze

Music By : Erekle Getsadze

Stage Movement : Kakhaber Khoshtaria

Assistant Director : Sophie Ordjonikidze

Technical Director : Elene Monaselidze


Zurab Kipshidze,  Akaki Khidasheli, Paata Inauri, Giorgi Kipshidze, Temo Natroshvili, Vano Dugladze, Vano Tarkhnishvili, Nanuka Litanishvili, Maia Gelovani, Kato Kalatozishvili, Anri Bibineishvili, Tornike Kasrashvili, Guga Kakhiani, Nika Tserediani,Erekle Getsadze, Tornike Kasrashvili,  Imeda Arabuli,



About the Perfomance:
It has been hundreds of years since Shakespeare first wrote his famous plays, yet they still enthrall both audiences and readers. Shakespeare included feelings of passion, true love, vengeance and thirst for power in his plays. These inherently human feelings make Shakespeare's works easily emotionally accessible to people in different places all over the world as well as in different historical periods, resulting in his plays' timelessness.

King Lear is introduced as a great, proud and tyrannical ruler residing within the walls of his castle. King Lear is confident in his authoritative power and his abilities as a leader. The king is intent on splitting the kingdom between his three daughters according to their love for him. His two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, are ambitious and flatter their father excessively, doting after him patronizingly. However, King Lear's youngest daughter and his favorite, Cordelia, restrains herself from showing affection towards her father, claiming she doesnt possess the words to accurately express her love for her father. Her honesty enrages the king. Deeply insulted, King Lear disinherits Cordelia and banishes her from the castle. He decides to divide his kingdom equally between the insincere Goneril and Regan instead. Later on, as a result of certain events, King Lear is stripped of all his power and is left penniless and starving, rejected by Goneril and Regan. These developments lead King Lear to face the consequences of his decisions and come to realize just how valuable honesty and sincerity truly are.

As this year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the Tumanishvili Company is celebrating the legacy of the great playwright with this latest premiere of “KING LEAR” (2016).

Premiered on May 28th, 2016
Duration: 180min with an intermission


The Film Actors Theatre was ceremoniously opened in 1978 year on 14 th of January, on the day traditionally celebrated as the Day of Georgia Theatre. This event was a truly significant  moment in history of Georgia theatre and a memorable millstone as the great Georgian theatre director of our times Michael Tumanishvili welcomed   the  audience into his own theatre, where the permanent troupe was comprised of his students and the experimental group of directors and actors, These were aspiring, highly talented young people fanatically  in love with theatre, sometimes even referred as ‘ soloists  of orchestra’ or as  Tumanishvili’s ‘chamber ensemble” teamed up tied together at the time  when the outstanding director left the Rustaveli Theatre.

            Officially called as the Theatre Workshop of the Georgian Film Studio the ensemble bad its manifesto and rituals. Central here was the  studio work, psycho – physical training and improvisation. ‘Improvise, exercise on episode, and  then develop it… motion, motion and motion is our main task" – used to say maestro. And so the actors came to a beautiful stage as if they were mounting the scaffold “to be burnt in ashes” totally  enchanting audience by the theatrical sensation they watched in a cozy little space.

            Michael Tumanishvili aestheties, his innovative approach formed in the 1950s when he worked in Rustaveli Theatre. “We were the bridge which ensured that the romantic, declamatory and rhetorical theatre of pathos… We came to bring along change," Tumanishvili, the reformer wrote in one of his books.

The production of the Film Actors Theatre have proved highly successful at various reputable festivals in Europe, Americas and Australia.

           "Don Juan"  was named among the top ten at Edinburgh  Festival. “You have  to go to Tbilisi to discover Moliere? Why not? That’s the theatre. Tumanishvili’s Don Juan is the best I’ve seen: it’s fast , insolent, modern, brilliantly played by through every fibre in their bodies.” Was what Peter Brook said about the production.

At the First International Shakespeare Festival in London in 1994, Tumanishvili’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was acknowledged to be the best among the world famous directors works.

            Another production which gained international fame is Bakula’s Poigs, Michael Tumanishvili’s  adaptation of the classical Georgian play. The prefomance is exceptional as it has been in the theatre repertoire for 35 consecutive years and the oldest running one on any Georgia stage.

            During the 1990, the hard times in the modern history of Georgia, when gunfire sounded in the streets, when bloodshed tainted the struggle for freedom, Michael Tumanishvili produced A Mdsummer Night’s Dream. The choice he explained by a simple phrase, ‘I just wanted to say that Love is supreme.

Michael Tumanishvili  died in May 1996 while rehearsing Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard. But his powerful creative spirit still reigns in his theatre.

            The former students of the great director  are still loyal to the theatre, now joined by a younger  generation. Much is done to preserve the best practices of the well-established theatre -  new performances are produced regularly, interesting discussions are held and numerous projects  are fulfilled within the walls still keeping rich traditions.

          Moreove, the theatre invariably welcomes young talented actors and directors, who can benefit from the resources and support given to them so they can put their ideas to life.

        "The language of the theatre has become more complex. New means, solutions, techniques and forms are needed. Anyone, especially the  young, should be given the opportunity to courageously take the hard road of experimenting. We need to forever remember Stanislavski’s words that eternal Art is an endless road which requires renovating every 15 or so years: / Michael Tumanishvili 

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  • GIFT/ Georgian International Festival of Arts in Tbilisi in honor of Michail Tumanishvili
  • 164, Agmashenebeli Avenue, 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • General enquiries : + 995 32 235 0203
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  • GIFT/ Georgian International Festival of Arts in Tbilisi in honor of Michail Tumanishvili
  • 164, Agmashenebeli Avenue, 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • General enquiries : + 995 32 235 0203
  • Press Office: + 995 551176818