Good century, dear reader!
No, that’s not right. I am, after all, a theater... I’d better greet you differently:
Good century, my dear spectator!
I hope you are not confused by this strange phrasing, but just in case, I shall explain: I am many years old. And this century is the third one of those I have been witnessing pass, rush, rumble by - in road carts, trolleybuses and cars. I even remember how the first tram began running around Riga. Driven by electricity. Amazing, isn’t it? Oh yes, for you, dear spectator, it's no longer astonishing, but once upon a time... Ah! How new it was!!! Near me, many things happened that seemed new, but soon became habitual. Therefore, for some time now, I have been wording my greeting like this:
"Good century, my dear spectator!"
What are you breathing today? What would you like to see a performance about? Performance. A word that sounds like a heartbeat. Like a ball hitting the ground thrice. Per-for-mance. During my life, I have been hearing the third bell for the beginning of the performance so often, but every time my heart jumps up, like a ball, when it's time to start. Forget jumping up - it's ready to jump out! To jump out and fly into the palm of a spectator so that they could feel it beat!
Oh yes! I definitely have a heart.
This heart keeps a memory of everyone, who has ever opened my doors. It remembers the staging directors’ voices and the actors’ steps... The name of one of them, Mikhail Chekhov’s, today is my name as well. My heart remembers the eyes of every spectator. It remembers the trembling murmur of silks and hoarse rustle of greatcoats, the enamored whisperings in the last row and bravura speeches in the squares.
I have a strong heart…
Yet it also stopped beating. Twice. During the First and Second World Wars. Then it fell silent. But only to revive and go on absorbing joy and pain of every person in any age - to respond to this pain and this joy, as a theater can, - to begin a performance! Sorry, I seem to be carried away by my memories. In these memories there are lots of emotions, and all of them are too personal, but there's nothing to be done about this - although I am in Riga, I am still a Russian theater. I know how to restrain myself, as it is customary for Riga, I am able to listen attentively and notice half-tones, but my heart beats noisily! And for me, it's very important how your heart beats today, my dear spectator. What your heart needs today.
I'll try to guess what your age is lacking in. Freedom? I shall talk with you about freedom. Love? I shall speak about love. Joy? I shall do my best to make you smile. Come here! And if your heart falls asleep and you forget how to feel, it will be me - even against your will! - who will scream to wake up your dormant heart and to give you back this happy, childish, ridiculous ability to cry. Come here! And if one day, for example, a ball, having jumped out of the hands of an actor, would fly to the auditorium, - you should know: this is my heart that has jumped right into your palm so you could feel it beat.
I am waiting for you, always!
Your Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theater
From heart to heart – through centuries...
Address: 16 Kaļku Street, 16, Riga
Open: daily - 11:00-19:00
Phone: +371 67 22 53 95
Tickets on-line are available only through "Biļešu Serviss" network.
Please, check the title, date and time carefully before completing your purchase!
Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theater offers an opportunity to please relatives, friends or colleagues with a wonderful gift, both on holidays and on weekdays: a gift voucher, which can be purchased at the theater box-office or online, will allow its owner to attend any performance of their choice.
The gift voucher is valid for 1 year.
Gift vouchers are non-refundable.
Discounts are not cumulative.
These are applied to all reprtory performances, if not specified otherwise.
20% - for full-time students
30% - for preschool pupils for children's performances
30% - for schoolchildren
30% - for pensioners and patrons with special needs (disability groups I and II)
30% - for Latvian Honorable Families ("3+" cardholders) - for 3 performances per month, selected by the Theatre
50% - for wheelchair users and their attendants
Discounts for groups:
15% - when purchasing 20 and more tickets
30% - for schoolchildren, when purchasing 20 and more tickets; also 1 invitation for the group supervisor for free
Discounts do not apply to the following productions:
"Doctor Ouch" and "Three Piglets and A Wolf" (except for the programme "The Latvian School Bag" orwhen purchasing 20 and more tickets);
"Chack. Riga. A Woman".
For younger audiences:
For high schoolers:
The purchased tickets are neither changeable nor returnable.
Children of preschool age are not allowed to evening performances.
Tickets for children's performances are a must for accompanying adults, too.
Discounts are not cumulative.
Discounts do not apply to children's and guest performances.
Visit to the Theatre
Entrance for evening performances - from 18:00.
Tickets for canceled and postponed performances can be returned as follows:
- tickets, purchased at the theatre box office are to be returned only to the theatre box office;
- money for tickets, purchased on the "Biļešu Serviss" website, can be obtained through a transaction, upon sending the completed application form to the Theatre Ticket Sales Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) or following the procedure described on the "Biļešu Serviss" website (section "Postponed/Canceled");
- money for tickets, purchased at "Biļešu Serviss" outlets, can be obtained either at the theatre box office, by handing over the tickets, or following the procedure described on the "Biļešu Serviss" website (section "Postponed/Canceled");
- money for SMS-tickets can be obtained only by following the procedure, described on the "Biļešu Serviss" website (section "Postponed/Canceled").
Ticket reservation, group tickets,
information on the cancelled and postponed performances:
Phone: +371 20 37 25 13; +371 67 22 53 95
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