Upcoming Productions

The Marriage of Figaro

Performed in Russian with English subtitles.

19, 20, 21, 22 January 2017 at The Cockpit.

After sold out performances of “Love in a Nutshell”, Xameleon Theatre is back with its next production, “The Marriage of Figaro” by Beaumarchais. The play is running on 19,20,21 and 22 January 2017 at The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone and is performed in Russian with English subtitles.

Written around the time of French revolution, this play has been performed all over the world and even served as an inspiration for Mozart’s opera of the same name. Rather than adapting the story of Figaro into an opera or a musical, Russian director Alexia Mankovskaya is instead focusing on the timeless humour and dynamics of the original comedy by Beaumarchais.

This play brought to live by great ensemble of Russian actors is a hilarious and very modern tale of desire, hypocrisy, love, and politics unwinding in the course of one mad day.

Cast & Creatives

Director: Alexia Mankovskaya

Assistant Director: Konstantin Kamensky

Lighting designer: Yuri Galkin

Costume and Stage design: Irina Gluzman

Executive Producer: Vlada Lemeshevska

Cast: Dmitry Turchaninov, Vlada Lemeshevska, Oleg Hill, Alexia Mankovskaya, Irina Kara, Oleg Sidorchik, Nikita Zabolotny, Maria Blatstein, Artur Gorelikov.


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.


Love in a nutshell

Performed in Russian with English subtitles.

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.



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Xameleon Theatre Productions

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 Lemeshevska 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 London, Vlada performed in venues such as BAC, Tristan Bates and Arcola. In 2015, she was selected to take 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 is the company’s Artistic Director and Producer. She also continues her acting career, her most recent credits include “Love in a Nutshell” (The Cockpit) and “The Cry of the Queen” (The Space).

  • Alexia Mankovskaya
    Alexia Mankovskaya Director, Actress, Composer

    Alexia Mankovskaya 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. Alexia was nominated for The Golden Eagle Award and won the The New Cinema Festival’s award. Co-directed tango-opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” (Riverside Studios), contemporary opera “The Yellow dress” (Tete-a-Tete Festival) and “The Little tragedies” by Pushkin (The Space).

  • 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.

  • Dmitriy Turchaninov
    Dmitriy Turchaninov Actor

    Dmitry Turchaninov holds an Acting degree from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and a Masters degree in Directing from Moscow Arts Theatre School. He worked as an actor at Lithuanian Russian Theatre in Vilnius. He also performed main role in the show “Walking with Dinosaurs” which was staged in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) in association with BBC Worldwide. He moved to London in 2011, having previously directed two plays in Vilnius (Lithuania) and Saratov (Russia).

  • 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).

  • 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 Assistant Producer & 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.

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