One of the unique Moscow attractions is Moscow Cat Theater or Moscow Cat Circus. It was created by Yuri Kuklachev in 1990 and it’s located on Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Yuri Kuklachev and his like-minded friends – designers, painters and photographers – transformed the building in a cozy and unique world of Moscow Cat Circus. This world doesn’t know anything about wars and quarrels, here cats live peacefully with dogs, and grown-ups discover a child in their souls, feeling calmly and happily. Children and adults, who visited Moscow Cat Theater’s performance once, would definitely want to come again to get inside this fairy tale atmosphere. The theatre hosts two independent artistic teams, headed by Yuri Kuklachev and his son Dmitry Kuklachev. Performances of father and son follow each other, thus, despite active touring; Moscow Cat Circus doors are almost always open to its audience. When Yuri Dmitrievich is on tour with his shows, Dmitry Yurievich stays in the theatre and keeps making spectators happy.
Yuri Kuklachev and his actors. Photo is taken from Moscow Cat Theater's website
The theater tours the whole world – its shows are enormously popular in the United States, Canada, Finland, China and Japan, where Yuri Kuklachev has brought his cats many times. The theatre is awarded many international prizes, among which there is a golden cup and the title of "most original theatre in the world", which the theater got during its tour in Paris.
Each theatre performance welcomes children from orphanages; special almost-free tickets make shows open for physically challenged persons and war veterans. The theatre often gives charity performances in orphanages and homes for disabled persons, sanatoria for children with weak health and child hospitals.
The year 2001 brings the head of the theatre Yuri Kuklachev the order of “Nation’s Hope” and the title of the “Academician of natural sciences”. 2005 is another important year for the theatre – "Kuklachev’s Cat Theatre" obtains the status of the State Cultural Institution of Moscow city.
Moscow Cat Theater generates vitality and optimism. This theater helps children to grow up to be kind adults, who treat cats and every living being on our beloved planet with care and respect.
Find the Moscow Cat Theater is very simple:Up to station of underground "Kutuzovskaya". An exit from last car, and further by bus or by trolley bus up to a stop " Dunaevsky's Street ". Or 10 minutes on foot downwards (aside the center) on Kutuzovsky prospect, 25, tel. +7 (499) 249-29-07. Theatre cash desks works daily from 11 am till 8 pm.
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*Some information was taken from the Moscow Cat Theater website