• Rehearsal for episode 1 of Inspector General, based on the play by Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Vsevolod Meyerhold and Mikhail Korenev, directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold, Meyerhold Theatre (GosTIM), Moscow (premiere: December 9, 1926). Photo by Alexei Temerin. КП 180170/1046. Copyright © A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow.

Rehearsal photo for episode 1 of Inspector General

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

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  • This rare rehearsal photo of episode 1 shows the actors’ long, crisscrossing pipes and their tight semi-circular grouping around the table. The Mayor (Starkovsky, right) stands clutching his heart while Doctor Hubner (Temerin) tends to him. In Mikhail Korenev’s documentation of a rehearsal for this scene, Meyerhold instructed the actor playing the doctor to punctuate the Mayor’s speech by insistently feeding him teaspoons of water.*

    See book: 81, 82; figure 19

    *See Vsevolod Meyerhold, Meyerhold on Theatre, trans. and ed. Edward Braun (London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1998), 223.

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  • Premiere: December 9, 1926
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