The message reads, in part:
“For many years, your wonderful theatre has brightened up the cultural world not only of St Petersburg but the entire nation. It is our genuine treasure and pride. The theatre brings joy to the audience with captivating and well thought out productions and is open to bold artistic ideas and projects, keeping in step with the times and remaining true to its creative principles.
I strongly believe that the secret of this enduring popularity and relevance lies in the inspired and dedicated efforts of the many generations of talented actors and actresses and directors, and their sincere commitment to the work they love. Of course, great Georgy Tovstonogov played a major role in creating and developing the legendary Bolshoi Drama Theatre. It was he who set the high standard of professional excellence and established the tradition of selfless dedication to the theatre, a tradition perpetuated by your company.
I wish you all every success, packed out houses, and further creative productions. May many new names join the ranks of this exquisite company enhancing your already rich cultural heritage.”