In English

Kazan Tatar state theatre of young viewer

named in honour of Gabdulla Kariev

 Kazan Tatar state theatre of young viewer was founded in 1987 as Tatar Drama school under the Ministry of Education. The founder of Drama school was Farit Habibullin, director, Honoured Art Worker of the Tatarstan Republic. He was in charge of the Drama school until 2001.

At the 4th November in 1991 after the Drama school was given the ‘state’ rank it’s name was changed to ‘Kazan Tatar state theatre of young viewer’.

In 1996 according to the decree of the President of the Tatarstan Rebuplic M. Sh. Shaimiev Kazan Tatar state theatre was given the building of Flax complex Palace of Culture – the former building of Alafuz ‘Working theatre’, situated in the Kirov urban district (at 26th august of 2010 this unique historical building came to the age of 110 years).

The name of one of the founders of the theatre, talented artist, stage director, head of the tatar band ‘Sayar’, Gabdulla Kariev, was given to it in 2007.

The theatre plays on tour not only in the Tatarstan republic but in the cities of the Russian Federation as well.

Moreover the theatre is laureate of the 1st and 2nd Bishkhek International theatre festivals ‘ART-ORDO’.

     Our address:

      420032, Russian Federation, Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan Gladilova Street 49

      Kazan Tatar state theatre of young viewer

      Named in honour of Gabdulla Kariev

      Tel/fax: (843) 554-11-56

      Box-office: (843) 554-11-26



Kazan Tatar state theatre of young viewer

named in honour of Gabdulla Kariev

1.    R.Batulla Sak-Sok

2.    F. Galiev Almachuar

3.    T. Gizzat Kiyu kizlar (Brave girls)

4.    R. Batulla Bicharakai (my dear)

5.    E. Shvartz Kar ile patshabikese
(snow queen)

6.    I. Sirazi Sergeant
(Dedicated to the victory in the Great Patriotic War)

7.    T. Minnullin Gashiik bulasim kile
(Desire to fall in love)

8.    R. Ayupov Pechen bazari
(The Hay Bazaar)
Dedicated to the 125th birthday of Gabdulla Tukay

9.    F. Galiev Jirlarim (My songs)
Dedicated to the 100th birthday of Musa Djelil

10.  W. Shakespeare King Lear

11.  P. Coelho The Alchemist

12.  Kul Gali Yusuf – Zuleiha
(Joseph and Zuleiha)

13.  R. Haris Umirzaya
(Dedicated to the 100th birthday of Rashid Vagapov,
People’s Artists of TASSR)

14.  R. Kurban Bure hem Keje
(Wolf and Goat)

15.  M. Gilyazov
Nichek millioner bulirga?
(How to become a millionaire?)

16.  M. Faizi Galiyabanu

17.  Libretto of T. Gizzat, music of J. Faizi
Bashmagim (my shoes)

18.  R. Haris Ildus&Windows

19.  I. Yuzeev
Ulibiz oilene, bez aerilishabiz
(Our son is getting married and we are divorcing)

20.  W. Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew

Manager of theatre – Murtazin
Robert Gabdelnurovich

(Honoured Cultural Worker of Tatarstan)

Stage manager – Ayupov Renat Mirzahasanovich

(Honoured Art Worker of Tatarstan)



Kul Gali

Translation into the modern Tatar language: Fazyl Fasiev

Staging: Nurlan Gainutdin

Yusuf and Zuleikha

Legend of love

Stage director — Renat AYUPOV

Honored art worker of theRepublicofTatarstan

Stage designer — Bulat GILVANOV

Laureate of the State Prize named after M.Dzalil

Composer — Yuriy CHAPLIN

Plastique director — Rustam FATKULLIN

Honored art worker of theRepublicofTatarstan

Scientific adviser – Ravil GAINUTDIN

Chairman ofRussiaCouncil of Mufties, Sheikh




Yagkub– Yusuf’s father

Kytfir, Dunar

Rauil– Yusuf’s older brother

Yakhuda, Malik Rayan

Shamgun, the baker

Yafsil, the musician

Lyavi, the musician, the wine-maker

Ishzar, the musician


Malik Dagir, the puppet seller

Yusuf in his boyhood days,

Rakhman the Palace Guardian

Ibn-Yamin, Palace Guardian

Puppet seller’s grandchild

Dina -Yagkub’s stepdaughter, Wolf cub

Daya – Zuleikha’s foster nurse

White She-wolf

Palace scandalmongers– Ilnar NIZAMIEV





– Nuriakhmet SAFIN,

Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation,

People’s artist of the Republic of Tatarstan


Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan


Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan







– Fanavil GALIEV,

People’s artist of the Republic of Tatarstan








Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan



— Lidiya GALIEVA

– Gulnara ABITOVA,

Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan






— Guzeliya NAZIPOVA,



— Chulpan SAFINA,






Kul Gali

Staging by Nurlan Gainutdin


Legend of Love

….A young man of heavenly beauty comes in the dreams to Zuleikha, a beloved daughter of Taimus – a King of Maghreb. A dream repeats itself for several times… She falls in love with this young man and from their talk she gets to know that his name is Yusuf and he is the Ruler ofEgypt…

“I am a Lord ofEgypt,

If you want to find me, come toEgypt,

No doubt, you will find me inEgypt”, — Yusuf says to her.

Guided by her tender feelings Zuleikha gives her consent to become a wife of the Ruler of Egypt,…but she makes a mistake – the Ruler of Egypt at the time is Kytfir, an absolutely different person. Even being Kytfir’s wife she manages to stand faithful to Yusuf, as she remembers his words:

“Oh, Zuleikha, follow my advice.

Be aware that you are mine and I am yours,

Don’t let someone possess you, except me”.

….And at the same time, the eleven year old Yusuf, a handsome, smart, gentle and beloved son of the Prophet Yagkub in Kyangan, has a dream in his sleep. He tells his father about it and asks him to explain his dream.

“There is a hope that God will send you his help,

Honor and eminence will come to you.

…But, dear son, keep it in absolute secret,

Don’t narrate your dream to anyone.

…This mystery shouldn’t be disclosed,

Your brothers shouldn’t know about it —

Otherwise they will envy you,

And from the very beginning it may bring us troubles”, — says his father.

Curious Dina – Yagkub’s stepdaughter – eavesdrops their conversation and tells her brothers everything she has heard. Yusuf’s stepbrothers, moved by jealousy, decide to get rid of Yusuf: either to kill him or sell him to someone, to make him far off their home, from their father.

“We drive cattle all day long,

We graze horses, cows and sheep — we suffer torments,

As for Yusuf, Rakhil’s son, look, he is striving for big love with the help of his dream” – say his brothers.

They cheat out Yusuf from his father, throw him into the well and chop away the rope. But there were merchants who happen to witness all this; they prevent the brothers from fulfilling their plan. The brothers sell Yusuf to the merchants saying that he is a disobedient slave who has escaped from them.

Yagkub becomes blind because of all these troubles – loss of the beloved son and treachery of his sons towards their younger stepbrother…

…A few years later Zuleikha, having lost peace in her heart because of her love to Yusuf, meets him at the market place inEgypt. He is standing there for sale as a high-priced slave.

“Know that he is what I need,

Buy him for me,

No matter how much he costs,

Give all my wealth for him!”, — she says to Kytfir.

Zuleikha doesn’t know that Yusuf is a prophet and he is a son of a prophet Yagkub, a darling of the God. So Yusuf becomes Zuleikha and Kytfir’s adoptee. From that day forth Zuleikha’s love to Yusuf grows stronger, she thinks of him all day long. She feels deeply and passionately attracted to Yusuf. Zuleikha resorts to cunning to seduce him:

“Zuleikha holds tightly Yusuf’s hand,

Her eyes glisten with pleasure as a full moon,

But Yusuf is looking for salvation way”…

“Oh, madam, please release my hand,

Let us not sin in the face of God, not walk in wantonness,

Let’s not bring ourselves down to the dirt committing the indecency”,

Yusuf begs her.

Zulekha is at the end of her tether from the unrequited love, she is furious and wanting to revenge Yusuf. She makes Kytfir arrest him and hold in vault under hatches.

…Many years pass. Yusuf becomes a Ruler of Egypt. He is glorious through his kindness and justice. His father Yagkub also gets rumors that his son is alive. He decides to send his sons to him…

“This drought has overpowered us,

Go toEgyptto buy there some bread.

There is nothing left in our country,

The crops failed on our lands,

And this need has lead us into trouble,

Oh, my sons, go toEgypt!

They say, there is much bread there for sale,

And their king is said to be faithful, totally faithful to our God.

As we have no gold – so trade with wool”, he says to them.

…Yusuf forgives his brothers, he gives them roof and food, saves them from hunger.

…Zuleikha can’t forget her beloved Yusuf, she becomes sick of grief, turns into a very old woman. She loses everything: her husband Kytfir, and all her wealth. But though doomed to hardships she still stands faithful to Yusuf. Some years later Yusuf meets Zuleikha. He believes that her feelings are sincere, and accepts her in her present appearance. Zuleikha’s dream comes true: her beloved man has accepted and forgiven her.

And magic, which name is Love, turns old Zuleikha into a young lady.