Veniamin Smekhov

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Veniamin Smekhov is a Russian actor, director and writer known for his work with the influential Taganka Theatre in Moscow as well as documentary and curatorial work for Russian television.

Under the direction of Yuri Lyubimov at the Taganka Theater, Smekhov performed in numerous pieces, including Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan and an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita. In film, he is famous for playing Athos in a Russian version of The Three Musketeers.

Russian speakers can learn more about Veniamin Smekhov through the documentary series The Golden Age of Taganka, which features reflections on the actor’s career with the Taganka Theater. In the following clips, Smekhov discusses his roles in Hamlet and Master and Margarita.

Smekhov’s screenwriting credits include Twelve Months of Tango (2011), The Movie Star Between the Sickle and the Hammer (2013), Vladimir Tendriakov: Portrait Against Time (2013) and The Last Poet of the Great War (2015). In 2009-2012, Smekhov was the host and curator of several popular cultural programs such as Temnoe Delo and Talents and Admirers.

Smekhov has also directed numerous operas for both the stage and television, including Bizet-Constant’s The Tragedy of Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Verdi’s Falstaff.

In 2010, Smekhov’s collected work appeared in three volumes: That Taganka, Ali Baba and Others, and In Life it Does not Happen. He is also the author of Theatre of my Memory (2001), The Golden Age of Taganka (2012) and I Come to You With Verses (2014), a collection of poems, songs and skits composed in the Taganka Theater.