The theatre was created in 1944 in Leningrad, at a time when most theatres had been evacuated from the city
The Maly Drama Theatre was created in 1944 in Leningrad, at a time when most theatres had been evacuated from the city. Founded by decision of the Oblast Executive Committee, the theatre had neither a clear artistic program, nor its own building. The small company performed in towns and villages of the Leningrad Oblast. From time to time interesting plays were staged, but the theatre was still little-known in the city.
Today the MDT is a recognized leader among Russian theatres and has also received international acclaim. Many plays have made the theatre go down in history.
The Maly Drama Theatre is a regular guest and participant in prestigious theatre festivals of the world. The theatre's coaches, led by Lev Dodin, hold workshops at major theatre schools in Europe and America. The theatre offers internship to young directors and actors from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, Hungary and the Scandinavian countries.
Today there are 56 actors in the Company, most of whom are students of Lev Dodin, the theatre's Artistic Director, of various years.