ANTSYFEROV Mark Yurievich

13 of March 2021
The 11th World Shakespeare Congress will be held online from the National University of Singapore on July 18–24, 2021. The Congress theme of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. The theme is particularly suited to the online medium of the Congress, that gathers together such passages of Shakespeare’s work not by the movements of persons between places, but by creatively connecting and expanding our circuits in multimedia and live conversations.
Database "Russian Shakespeare"
Moscow University for the Humanities

Mark Yurievich Antsyferov [1946–2001] was a literary, theater and film critic, poet, and journalist.

In 1972 he graduated from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute. In 1980 his book entitled “Pushkin and Nekrasov: the Sociology of Creativity” (“Pushkin i Nekrasov: sotsiologiia tvorchestva”) was issued. Unfortunately, his book under the title of “Hamlet and His Stage Impersonation” (“Gamlet i ego stsenicheskoe voploshchenie”) was announced, but the project remained unrealized. A finished section of the book with some minor bibliographical corrections was published in 2012. This section covers Andrei Tarkovsky’s production of “Hamlet” at the Moscow Lenin Komsomol Theater (1977). It appears that this paper is interesting not only as a notable example of the 1970–1980s theatrical criticism. It gives evidence of the author’s profound knowledge in the situation in the Soviet theater of those years. This knowledge lets him uncover the reasons of the “inopportunity” of Tarkovsky’s version of “Hamlet”. An unexpected scenic interpretation of the Shakespearean hero’s story suggested by A. Tarkovsky gives M. Yu. Antsyferov an opportunity to reflect upon the fates of the Shakespeare’s tragedy in Russian cultural thesaurus, upon (im)possibility to come to the only right authorial understanding of the iconic character and upon the translatability of the Shakespearean thought.

Translated by B.N. Gaydin

Source: Antsyferov M. Iu. «Gamlet» Andreia Tarkovskogo [Electronic resource] // Informatsionno-gumanitarnyi portal «Znanie. Ponimanie. Umenie». 2012. No. 5 (sentiabr' — oktiabr'). URL: (retrieved on: 28.12.2012).

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