• Duration: 2:20
  • Intermissions: Without intermissions
  • Age category: 18+
  • In the repertoire



Written by Marius von Mayenburg
Translated by Alexander Filippov-Chekhov
Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

The first Russian production of a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg. The main character, schoolboy Veniamin, thinks he knows everything about moral standards — how to follow it, how to protect it, what’s good and what’s bad. His behavior is becoming a serious challenge for everyone. Where’s the border between morality and intolerance, freedom and permissiveness, religion and manipulation, sermon and terrorism?

The play of Marius von Mayenburg about a boy who’s become a serious extremist after reading a Bible is very relevant for today’s Russia where social standards are becoming tougher and tolerance is questionable. In Kirill Serebrennikov's version the action of the play takes place in average Russian school and the text is adapted for our country’s realias. It’s psychological theatre with perfect cast.

Martyr is a genuine and hard talk with audience about the most burning issues, a try to reflect on the most up-to-date social processes.


Coproduction of Gogol Center & Studio Seven:


Director Kirill Serebrennikov
Costume designer Kirill Serebrennikov
Video designer Ilya Shagalov

Stage designers: Vera Martynova, Kirill Serebrennikov
Composer: Ilya Demutsky
Light designer: Igor Kapustin
Stage manager: Anna Frumson
Executive producers: Daria Koval, Daria Artemova
Producers' assistant: Suzanna Akezheva


Veniamin Yzhin (schoolboy)Nikita Kukushkin
Inga Yuzhina (Veniamin's mother)Yulia Aug
Lidia Tkachova (schoolgirl)Aleksandra Revenko Anastasia Pronina
Oleg Ivanovich Selnenko (physical education teacher)Anton Vasyliev
Elena Lvovna Krasnova (biology teacher, school psychologist)Victoria Isakova
Ludmila Ivanovna Stukalina (school Director)Svetlana Bragarnik
Irina Petrovna (teacher of history)Irina Rudnitskaya
Grigoriy Zaitsev (schoolboy)Aleksandr Gorchilin
Father Vsevolod (teacher of the Basics of Orthodox Culture)Andrey Rebenkov