Theatre icon Pyotr Fomenko dead at 80

The revered director, who founded Moscow’s Pyotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre in the 1990s, staged more than 60 plays in Russian and foreign theatres during a career which spanned half a century.

Paying tribute to the late svengali, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has called Fomenko’s death “a huge, irreplaceable loss for Russian culture and for the theatre that he created and devoted his life to serving”.

He was working on a new production of poet Alexander Pushkin’s play Boris Godunov when he passed away.

The cause of death is unknown.