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List of notable or famous playwrights from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Russia and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Russia is included when available.

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This historic playwrights from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Russia?" These prominent playwrights of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian playwrights.

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Aleksander Griboyedov is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov, formerly romanized as Alexander Sergueevich Griboyedoff, was a Russian diplomat, playwright, poet, and composer. He is recognized as homo unius libri, a writer of one book, whose fame rests on the verse comedy Woe from Wit or The Woes of Wit. He was Russia's ...more

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Age: Died at 34 (1795-1829)

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Profession: Poet, Diplomat, Composer, Playwright

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Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His matrilineal great grandfather was Abram Gannibal, who was brought over ...more

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Age: Died at 38 (1799-1837)

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Profession: Poet, Librettist, Novelist, Writer Playwright

Credits: The Eagle, Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov The Queen of Spades, + more

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#99 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#32 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#36 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#5 on The Best Russian Authors

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Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolsto... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, often referred to as A. K. Tolstoy, was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright, considered to be the most important nineteenth-century Russian historical dramatist, primarily on the strength of his dramatic trilogy The Death of Ivan the Terrible, Tsar Fyodor ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1817-1875)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Playwright

Credits: Black Sabbath

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#23 on The Best Russian Authors

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Alexander Afinogenov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Alexander Nikolayevich Afinogenov was a Russian playwright. ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1904-1941)

Birthplace: Skopin, Eurasia, Ryazan Oblast, Russia

Profession: Playwright

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Alexander Isaakovich Gelman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Alexander Isaakovich Gelman, original given name Shunya, is a Bessarabian-born Soviet and Russian playwright, writer, and screenwriter. A survivor of the Holocaust during childhood, Gelman became a playwright and screenwriter after working as a newspaper journalist in Leningrad in the 1960s, winning ...more

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Age: 83

Birthplace: Dondușeni, Moldova

Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Credits: Arie

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Alexander Sumarokov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Alexander Petrovich Sumarokov was a Russian poet and playwright who single-handedly created classical theatre in Russia, thus assisting Mikhail Lomonosov to inaugurate the reign of classicism in Russian literature. ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1717-1777)

Profession: Poet, Librettist, Playwright

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Alexander Ostrovsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky was a Russian playwright, generally considered the greatest representative of the Russian realistic period. The author of 47 original plays, Ostrovsky "almost single-handedly created a Russian national repertoire." His dramas are among the most widely read and ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1823-1886)

Birthplace: Zamoskvorechye District

Profession: Librettist, Writer, Playwright

Credits: Without Dowry, The Snow Maiden, A Cruel Romance, Balzaminov's Marriage Glumov's Diary

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#48 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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Anatoly Marienhof is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Playwrights from Russia
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Anatoly Borisovich Marienhof or Mariengof was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright. He was one of the leading figures of Imaginism. Now he is mostly remembered for his memoirs that depict Russian literary life of the 1920s and his friendship with Sergei Yesenin. He just got some relevance after ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1897-1962)

Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Profession: Poet, Screenwriter, Author, Playwright

Credits: The Living Corpse, The House on Trubnaya

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