Director Roman Viktyuk dead at 84

Soviet, Russian and Ukrainian theater director Roman Viktyuk has died at the age of 84.

Reasons for his death have not been clarified yet. The director’s office of Roman Viktyuk Theatre reported that the director died in hospital, Russian news agencies reported.

At the end of October it was reported that Viktyuk was hospitalized with coronavirus to one of Moscow hospitals.

Roman Viktyuk was born in Lvov on October 28, 1936. He graduated from GITIS in 1956 and since 1970s he has staged performances in Moscow theaters – Moscow Art Theater, Mossovet Theater, “Satirikon” and others. In 1996, the Moscow Theatre of Roman Viktyuk on Stromynka was founded.

Among Viktyuk’s most famous productions are “Servants” based on Jacques Genet’s play, Peter Schaeffer’s “The Black Room”, Juliusz Słowacki’s “Maria Stewart” and Mikhail Roszczyna’s “Valentin and Valentine”.

Viktyuk also made films from the 1970s to the early 1990s, and later played several roles, including in Kirill Serebrennikov’s series Rostov Dad. He conducted the program “Roman Viktyuk’s Poetic Theater” on TVC channel.

The director was awarded the title of Honored Artist and People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, as well as the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine.