The State Academic Theater of Russia takes as its current name the Fedora Volkov, which, has its reasons to believe that it is the first professional theater in the country. It was founded in 1750, by the merchant’s son F. Volkov. At that time, the theater, had a group of fans, playing with their performances in the old barn. However Volkova’s success in creating the professional theater was so remarkable that even the Empress Elisabeth invited him to St. Petersburg for a similar job. As early as the 19th century the theater in Yaroslavl was one of the best in the country.
Today, the theater has the informal name “The First Russian”, and it occupies a building that was built in 1911 by the architect N. Spirin. This is the third consecutive construction of the Theater Square in Yaroslavl, later renamed in honor of the founder of the theater. The facade, the portico and the walls of the building are decorated with sculptures, including the figures of classical mythology associated with the arts. Inside the room you can admire the painting “The triumph of Dionysus” in the frieze, made by N. Verhoturova.
Today, the theater is of the classic and avant-garde type, where activities are carried out at federal and national level in particular, such as the Volkov International Festival, which is in the top 5 of the Russian theater forums. It was also held here the Youth Festival “The future of the Russian Theater.”
The latest innovation in the Volkov Theater was an independent project that was based on the stage of the chamber, dedicated mainly to contemporary and experimental drama.
Even in modern times, the actors and theatrical performances won a total of four prizes “Golden Mask”.
In 1930, the Museum Theather opened its doors. His first exhibitions were photographs, posters, among others. Subsequently, the art gallery of the city gave the museum all its background for the acquisition of materials related to the theatrical history of Yaroslavl. At the moment, the funds of the museum approach a figure of up to 15000 pieces. The most valuable of them are the 1890’s photos. And the glass negatives between the years 1930 to 1950. There are also interesting sketches of landscape, manuscripts of plays, theater costumes and so on.