Ekiyat Tatar State Puppet Theatre
Enjoy a fantastic repertoire of fairytales and performances for children at the Puppet Theatre in Kazan. Ekiyat is one of the oldest theater troupes in Kazan and was founded in 1934. The theater company is located in its new building, which opened in 2012, close to the tourist area of Kazan, on Peterburgskaya Street. It occupies more than 17,000 square meters and it is one of the biggest theatres in the country. Every year, several hundred thousand people visit from Kazan and further afield.
A colorful new venue
Ekiyat, which means means "fairytale," was formerly located in the 18th century church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit and the troupe had to work in highly cramped conditions. In March 2012, the quirkily designed new theater, which cost $500 million, opened to the public. The attractive building resembles a medieval castle, in which Gothic, Baroque and Classic architecture are mixed, and designed in a child-friendly style. On the façade of the colorful building you can see many characters from cartoons and fairytales and a large clock with an unusual dial. It looks particularly beautiful at night, when it is illuminated spectacularly. The interior of the expansive theater is also very colorful and interesting, making a memorable venue for children. There are several spacious rooms with columns, magnificent chandeliers, and soft throne-like benches. The theater stage is equipped with modern sound and light equipment. It also includes cafes, play areas and a shopping arcade.
Memorable performances for children
Take in a fantastic performance at this popular and high-quality performing arts venue. The theater's repertoire consists of more than 40 performances of classic children's stories such as the Wizard of Oz and Tatar national fairytales, as well as shows devoted to different holidays and occasions, such as New Year. The theater employs about 100 people, 29 of which are actors working in Russian and Tatar languages, who present historical and contemporary themes. The troupe use many different types of dolls from classic to contemporary and art nouveau design. Since 1974, the theatre has been part of UNIMA - the International Organization of Puppet Theatres. A trip to this beautiful puppet theater is a great idea for families while staying in Kazan and should be on everyone's shortlist as they explore the Tatar capital. There are usually one or two performances a day, but not every day, so visitors to Kazan should check the website for details. The theater is a five-minute walk from the Sukonnaya Sloboda station.