(Oleg Krasnov’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 5/13.)

The 12th Chekhov International Theatre Festival opens in Moscow May 13. Running through July 17, its program includes 19 stage productions of different genres from 12 countries – Argentina, Belarus, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Russia, Taiwan, France, South Africa and Japan.

Better known as Chekhofest, the event's program consists of two main parts. Productions of the festival's foreign participants will be shown in the World Series, while the Moscow Program will feature recent productions staged by foreign directors and choreographers from Moscow theaters.

Jean-Maurice Ripert, the French ambassador in Moscow, told reporters that event was "the greatest in the theater world" and participating in it was a great honor for any performer.

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