100th Anniversary of Establishment of Petros Adamyan Armenian State Drama Theater in Tbilisi
Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
Vardan Vardanyan (obverse), Lusine Lalayan (reverse)
The Lithuanian Mint
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: a stylized image from Petros Adamyan’s repertoire, symbolizing the role of Hamlet (W. Shakespeare), and a generalized image of an actress.
Reverse: the sculpture of Petros Adamyan (sculptor: A. Sargsyan) and the graphic image of the theater building.
A brief annotation
The Armenian theater was founded in 1858 in Tbilisi and became a direct successor of the best traditions of the Eastern Armenian theatrical art. In 1921, the theater was organized as an Armenian state drama theater. The opening took place at the Artistic Theater (now the Rustaveli Theater) with a performance of Octave Mirbeau’s play “Les mauvais bergers” (directed by A. Beroyan). In 1936, the theater moved to a new building in the Havlabar district, and starting that time the theater’s creative growth began. During those years, plays by both national and Russian and West-European authors were staged.
Since 1991 the theater was named after Petros Adamyan, the leading actor of the theater who was considered the best tragedian of that time.
Now it is one of the main Georgian-Armenian cultural and social centers.
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