Moscow: Bolshoi Theatre, 1943. First Edition, First Printing. Single sheet, printed recto only, measuring 8 1/8 x 5 inches (205 x 126 mm)Rare playbill for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, which took place at the Bolshoi Theatre's Main Stage in Moscow on September 28, 1943. This was a notable production because it came two days after the Bolshoi's first performance in Moscow after returning to the city in World War II. The Bolshoi company -- along with the government and many other institutions -- had been evacuated to the city of Kuybyshev (now Samara) following the German invasion in 1941. The great prima ballerina Marina Semyonova (1908-2010) danced the roles of Odette and Odile.This playbill, printed entirely in Russian, is rare. Only 800 copies were issued and many likely did not survive. There were no other copies in commerce as of August 29, 2019. RARE. Item #2047
CONDITION: One vertical fold and three horizontal folds, some soiling as well as some writing in ink to the verso. A Very Good copy.