On June 14, the Bolshoi Drama Theater in St. Petersburg showed the first performance in Russia created in Minecraft. The premiere took place online on Youtube and Vkontakte.
The performance «Cherry Orchard» lasted about 15 minutes. The theater plans to continue Minecraft-performances and show other works of the school curriculum in literature. In this way the theater wants to attract schoolchildren to reading.
The premiere in Vkontakte gained more than 150 thousand views, on YouTube — 66 thousand. Users of the licensed version of Minecraft could download the launcher and watch the production directly in the auditorium.
The virtual auditorium is a copy of the Bolshoi Drama Theater. It was built by several Minecraft players, the project was led by architect Andrei Voronov. The online production was played by BDT actors Irina Patrakova (Ranevskaya), Victor Knyazhev (Narrator), Maxim Bravtsov (Lopakhin), Alexey Furmanov (Gaev), as well as a bot zombie in the role of Firs. The director of Minecraft «Cherry Orchard» was Edgar Zakaryan.