Upcoming Productions

Love in a nutshell

Performed in Russian with English subtitles.

Wednesday 14th June, Thursday 15th June, and Friday 16th June at The Cockpit.

The show is a stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s selected short stories exploring love and relationships between people.

Outside Russia Chekhov is mostly known for his full-length plays, but his ironic, visceral, hilarious and sad short stories also offer incredible source of material for theatre. Alongside with famous stories such as “The Proposal”, Xameleon’s cast will present London’s audience with Chekhov’s less known work such as “A Daughter of Albion” and “The Witch”. In our show, recognisable and timeless sketches of everyday life from the pen of one of the most loved Russian playwrights came together in a humorous and at the same time touching performance.

Cast & Creatives

Cast: Irina Kara, Oleg Hill, Vlada Lemeshevska, Oleg Sidorchik, Vadim Bogdanov, Igor Selivanov, Maria Blatstein

Director and Scenographer: Dmitry Turchaninov

Lighting designer: George Galkin

Prop designer: Zarina Kostelman

Subtitles: Obskura (Inese Strupule and Alberto Lopez)

Assistant Stage Manager: Yelena Roganyan

Producer: Vlada Lemeshevska


Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (with interval)


Location: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

Nearest stations: Marylebone (Bakerloo, National_Rail_Logo National Rail), Edgware Road (Hammersmith & City, District, Circle, Bakerloo). Both are about a 7 minute walk.



The Marriage of Figaro

Performed in Russian with English subtitles.

Pierre Beaumarchais’s comedy “The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro” has been successfully staged all over the world and also served as an inspiration for Mozart’s opera of the same name. Russian speaking audience knows “The Marriage of Figaro” primarily as a production of Moscow ‘s Satire Theatre, with legendary Soviet actor Andrei Mironov in the title role. Bringing together a strong cast of Russian speaking actors, we decided to show our own take of this famous play.

Adapting Beaumarchais’ original text, we tried to be faithful to the ideas of the author, who initially wrote this play for Theatre of Commedia Dell’Arte. In our production, elements of Commedia are combined with traditions of Russian and Western theatre schools that were brought to this play by its creators.

Even though it was written around the time of The French Revolution, this play remains relevant, raising ever present questions of desire, hypocrisy, love and politics. Facing those issues, our characters are going through an extraordinary journey taking place throughout the course of this mad day.

Cast & Creatives

Director: Alexia Mankovskaya

Assistant Director: Konstantin Kamensky

Lighting designer: Yuri Galkin

Executive Producer: Vlada Lemeshevska

Cast: Vadim Bogdanov, Vlada Lemeshevska, Oleg Hill, Alexia Mankovskaya, Irina Kara, Oleg Sidorchik, Nikita Zabolotny, Maria Blatstein, Eimas Minkelis


Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (with interval)


Location: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

Nearest stations: Marylebone (Bakerloo, National_Rail_Logo National Rail), Edgware Road (Hammersmith & City, District, Circle, Bakerloo). Both are about a 7 minute walk.


The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Performed in Russian with English subtitles.

A pilot crashes his plane in the desert, and meets The Little Prince from a distant asteroid. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s universal tale “The Little Prince” directed by famous Central Asian director Ovlyakuli Khodzhakuli, talks to all of us about love, responsibility and loyalty in a simple and non-dogmatic way and brings us back to the heart of what truly matters,
This philosophical tale is intended for children and adults alike — as the author wrote “All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it”.

Cast & Creatives

Director: Ovlyakuli Khodzhakuli

Stage and Costume Design: Irina Gluzman

Choreographer: Svetlana Malinina

Lighting designer: Yuri Galkin

Executive Producer: Vlada Lemeshevska

Cast: Anastasia Zinovyeva, Oleg Sidorchik, Vlada Lemeshevska


Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes (without interval)


Location: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

Nearest stations: Marylebone (Bakerloo, National_Rail_Logo National Rail), Edgware Road (Hammersmith & City, District, Circle, Bakerloo). Both are about a 7 minute walk.



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Xameleon Theatre

Xameleon Theatre is a London based theatre company, which was founded by Vlada Lemeshevska and premiered the sold-out show “Love in a Nutshell” in 2016. Working with professional actors and directors, Xameleon Theatre aims to produce a ranged repertoire from classics to contemporary drama. Performing in Russian with English subtitles, our work is appealing to both Russian speakers living in the UK and Londoners who are interested in Russian theatre and culture. Currently we are working on a number of projects and will be presenting our next show “The Marriage of Figaro” in January 2017.


  • Vlada Lemeshevska
    Vlada Lemeshevska Artistic Director, Producer and Actress
    Vlada trained professionally in London at East 15 Acting School and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She participated in acting residencies at Shakespeare’s Globe and Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS, Moscow). In 2015, she took part in The Summer Theatre School in Moscow, where she worked with the most prominent Russian theatre practitioners and performed in Evgeni Ibragimov’s play “ours AND ours”. Vlada founded Xameleon Theatre in 2015 and she is the company’s Artistic Director and Producer. She also continues to work as an actress, and most recently performed a role of Suzanna in “The Marriage of Figaro”.


  • Ovlyakuli Khodzhakuli
    Ovlyakuli Khodzhakuli Associate Director

    Ovlyakuli was born in Turkmenistan. He graduated in Directing from Tashkent State and Art Institute and later studied under renowned Soviet and Georgian Director and Teacher Mikhail Tumanishvili in Tbilisi (Georgia). Between 1991-1993 Ovlyakuli was Artistic Director of the Theatre-studio and Youth Theatre in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). Ovlyakuli has directed more than sixty plays by authors such as Euripides, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Byron, Wilde, Mann and others. A number of his performances have been presented at International festivals in Finland, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, India, Japan and South Korea.

  • Irina Kara
    Irina Kara Actress

    Irina Kara studied at The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow under the mentorship of legendary Soviet film director Sergei Bondarchuk. After graduating in 1989, she toured Canada with a performance group “The Players”, settling in the UK in 1992. Since then she has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. Her credits include “Lord Have Mercy” (film, dir. Vigen Chaldranyan),  “Legends” (TV series, dir. Jamie Payne) La corrispondenza ( film, dir. Giuseppe Tornatorre) and “Snowman” (film, dir. Thomas Alfredson).

  • Oleg Sidorchik
    Oleg Sidorchik Actor

    Oleg Sidorchik graduated from Belarusian State Academy of Arts. Between 1985 and 2004, he worked at the Belarusian Young Spectators Theatre. Over the following three years (2004-2006) he was an actor at Belarusian Army Theatre. He joined Belarus Free Theatre in 2005. During his career Oleg played an extensive number of lead roles such as “Zone of Silence”, “Cowards”, “A Flower to Pina Bausch”, “Eurepica.Challenge”, “New York 79”, “To be Harold Pinter”. He also played the lead in the production of “King Lear”, which was commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and performed at its “Globe to Globe” Festival.

  • Konstantin Kamensky
    Konstantin Kamensky Associate Director

    Konstantin graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS/RATI) as a Drama and Opera Director, a pupil of the renowned theatre maestro Roman Viktiouk. He ran his own independent fringe theatre in Moscow from 1999-2004. His production credits include several award-winning theatre productions. He has completed his MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Since then he directed “Brodsky Station” about Joseph Brodsky’s life, one-woman show “Prison Psychologist” by Elena Isaeva and also co-directed “The Marriage of Figaro” for Xameleon Theatre.

  • Maria Blatstein
    Maria Blatstein Actress

    Maria Blatstein graduated from Technion — Israel Institute of Technology. She has been living in Britain since 2007 and studied acting in City Academy and Actors Studio in London. Maria performed in several music, theatre and film projects, including “Love in a Nutshell” by Xameleon Theatre and “The Cry of the Queen” by Orzu Arts. She is a also a permanent cast member of LiveWired — the resident comedy improvisation troupe at The London Improv Theatre.

  • Igor Selivanov
    Igor Selivanov Actor

    Igor was born in Odessa (Ukraine) and moved New York at the age of 11. In 2000 he graduated from New York University with a major in Computer Science and minors in English Literature and Philosophy. He moved to London in 2011, where he completed City Academy Drama School in 2013.

  • Vadim Bogdanov
    Vadim Bogdanov Actor

    Vadim graduated from Russian State University of Performing Arts in Saint-Petersburg in 2010. From 2010 to 2015 worked at Samara Academic Theatre. During that time, he played various roles including: Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Bulanov (The Forest), Egor (Our Kitchen), Gluhovtsev (Days of Our Lives), Curley (Of Mice and Men) and Malcolm (Macbeth). Vadim is playing title roles in “Love in a Nutshell” and “The Marriage of Figaro”.

  • Oleg Hill
    Oleg Hill Actor

    Oleg Hill graduated in 1989 from Riga Drama Studio in Latvia. In 2006 he moved to the UK, where he trained at London School of Performing Arts and since then has worked in theatre, film, radio and television. He has taken part in many projects and has worked with directors such as Mark Forster (World War Z), Frank Harper (St George’s Day), Brian Grant (New Tricks).

  • Alexia Mankovskaya
    Alexia Mankovskaya Associate Director & Actress

    Alexia graduated from Russian Institute of Theatre Arts in Moscow and holds a Masters degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. Worked as an actress at The Stas Namin Theatre and Et-Cetera Theatre in Moscow. Collaborated with The Moscow Arts Theatre, Oleg Tabakov Theatre, Lenkom and Kommissarjevsky Theatre as a composer. Co-directed tango-opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” (Riverside Studios), opera “The Yellow dress” and “The Little tragedies” by Pushkin (The Space).

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