Viktor Simov is the first English-language biography of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s principal scenic designer at the Moscow Art Theatre from the company’s formation in 1898. His ground-breaking work included the designs for the premieres of Anton Chekhov’s major stage plays, and his approach to theatre design still influences contemporary scenography.
Translated from the original Russian text written by author, editor, and literary critic Yuri Ivanovich Nekhoroshev, the book provides a revealing insight into the staging and technical practices of one of the world’s most influential theatre companies. Supported by 60 illustrations representing the full range of Simov’s designs, this volume provides a historical account of Simov’s career and a vivid description and critical assessment of his work. The book traces the artist’s development from his early years as a painter to his later experiments in early silent film design, including his work for the classic Russian science fiction film Aelita, Queen of Mars (1924).
Written for theatre scholars and students of Scenic Design and Drama courses, Viktor Simov: Stanislavsky’s designer re-establishes Simov as one of the most influential theatre designers of the 20th century.
Table of Contents
1. On the Eve of the Century 2. The Curtain Rises 3. Life Upside Down 4. The Philistines and other plays 5. Pictures from the Past 6. Crossroads 7. On New Tracks 8. The Designer’s Method Appendix A. V. Simov: Fragments and Memories Appendix B. A Chronology of Simov’s work in the theatre
Paul Fryer is an academic, researcher, writer, and editor who holds visiting professorships at the Universities of Leeds, East London, and London South Bank. He is Director of The Stanislavsky Research Centre and editor-in-chief of the journal Stanislavski Studies, and he co-convenes the international research project The S Word.
Anastasia Toros is a Czech-Ukrainian performer and visual artist. She studied European Theatre Arts in the UK, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Russia. In 2017 she completed her Master’s degree in Dramatic Arts and Drama Teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She was a Drama Lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv and directed students’ performances at the Theatre Faculty of Ivan Franko University.