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Drama theatre Zhambyl.

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The year of foundation is 1936. In December 2002 one of the most beautiful buildings in our city became 100 years old – Oblast Drama Theatre of Zhambyl. Initially it was called Public House, which was opened on 26 October 1902.
There was no stable professional troupe, and in 1935 the citizens of the city appealed to M.Kalinin with the request to provide help in the formation of the troupe. In January 1936 the first theatrical season was opened with the play of N.Gogol “Marriage”.
In 1939 East Kazakhstan became a separate oblast and Ust-Kamenogorsk Munical Theatre received the status of the oblast theatre. In July 1946 by the decision of Ust-Kamenogorsk Municipal Executive Committee, the Oblast Drama Theatre was named after Zhambylin honour of his 100th anniversary.
At the different stages of the creating work of the theatre it successfully staged “Anna Karenina” of L. Tolstoy, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” of W. Shakespeare, for which the theatre was awarded with Level I Diploma, “Tsar Fyodor Ivanovich” of Lev Tolstoy, “Idiot” of F.Dostoyevsky “Idiot” of F. Dostoyevsky, “Small Tragedies” of A. Pushkin.
In various years the honourable actors, directors and artists from the Soviet republics of Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Bashkiria and other republics were working on the stage of our theatre (N.Kurgansky, N.Belkin, G.Dolzhanskaya, M.Starodubov, E.Minsky, A.Vorobyev, A.Mertz).
During the Second World War, performances - "Russian people", "The walls of Leningrad", "Invasion" etc. were played in an unheated and yet crowded hall of the theater. The plays helped people to strengthen their faith in victory. In July 1946, by the decision of the Ust-Kamenogorsk Executive Committee, the Regional Drama Theater was named after the great Kazakh bard - Zhambyl. 
The basic repertoire of the theater of that time were the works of Russian and foreign classics. Respected masters of scene, honored artists of Kazakhstan have been working in the East Kazakhstan regional drama theater for many years. In addition to the well-known actors, the troupe is constantly refreshed with talented youth.
In February 2000, a national Kazakh troupe was created on the basis of the East Kazakhstan regional Drama Theater named after Zhambyl, it opened its first theatrical season with the show "Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan-Sulu" by G.Musrepov.
Currently, the East Kazakhstan regional Drama Theatre includes two acting companies and doesn't need any special introduction. 8 -12 premieres are зrepared annually, directorial composition is constantly in creative search. About 280 plays are performed on the stage. 
The theater's repertoire is quite diverse. It plays Russian, Kazakh and foreign classics, contemporary  drama. Making arepertoire, Arts Council never forgets about their young audience.
The theater makes 3 - 4 performances ever year. Moreover, we can say that the theater is placed in one of the most beautiful buildings of Ust-Kamenogorsk. This building is over 100 years, and the events taken place in it, played a huge role in the fate of this region. 
Originally the building was called the People's house, which was opened on October 26, 1902. The People's House became the center of social and cultural life of the city. The first staged theatrical play called - "Working outskirts of town."

East Kazakhstan regional Drama Theatre named after Zhambyl.East Kazakhstan regional Drama Theatre named after Zhambyl.East Kazakhstan regional Drama Theatre named after Zhambyl.East Kazakhstan regional Drama Theatre named after Zhambyl.The national House in Ust Kamenogorsk in which subsequently was placed drama theatre of name Zhambyk Zhabaev.


 Alexander Petrov and from a photoarchive of town of Ust Kamenogorsk and the East Kazakhstan province.