Ilkhom Theatre

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Ilkhom Theatre information

Tashkent (Toshkent) , Uzbekistan
Pakhtakor 5
+998 71 241 22 41
Getting there
Metro: Pakhtakor
More information
tickets 8000-15,000S
Opening hours
box office 11am-6.30pm, shows 6.30pm Tue-Sun
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Tashkent’s main cultural highlight is this progressive theatre, which stages productions in Russian but often with English subtitles. Known for bucking trends, its productions often touch on gay themes and racial subjects, putting off more conservative elements of Uzbek society. The Ilkhom’s director, Mark Weil, who founded the theatre in 1976, was tragically stabbed to death in 2007, allegedly for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed in his Pushkin-inspired play Imitations of the Koran . But the theatre continues to thrive and produce cutting-edge plays as well as occasional jazz concerts and art exhibitions in its lobby. Imitations of the Koran remains in the repertoire today.