12.11.2014
St.Petersburg lit the “Sofit” for the 20th time
The Northern capital held the 20th  highest theatrical award of St.Petersburg “Golden Sofit” for the season 2013-2014.
The ceremony was opened by Georgy Poltavchenko, the Governor of St.Petersburg, who presented the winners of the non-competitive category with the “Sofit” for “creative longevity and unique contribution to the theatrical culture of St.Petersburg”. This year “Sofit” for “outstanding merits” went to Tatyana Shuko, Honored Artist of Russia, actress of the Academic Maly Drama Theatre – Theatre of Europe, and Gabriella Komleva, Honored Artist of the USSR, ballet mistress of Mariinsky Theatre. The traditional Georgiy Alexandrovich Tovstonogov award for “outstanding contribution to the development of theatrical art” was given to Semen Spivakov, Honored Artist of Russia, theater and artistic director of Youth Theatre on the Fontanka.
The winners of the “Soffit” are selected by secret voting of Board of Award Nominations, organizing committee, the Board of the St. Petersburg delegation of the World Theatre Organization, leading music and theater critics the day before the ceremony.
“The Cherry Orchard”, the last season sensation directed by Lev Dodin and performed on the stage of the Maly Drama Theatre got most awards - for “Best Director”, “Best Performance” and “Best supporting actor” (Oleg Ryazantsev for Petya Trofimov).
Alisa Freindlich, Honored Artist of the USSR, was called “Best actress” and the performance was nominated for “Best performance on the small stage”.
Sergei Peregudov got “Best male role” for Mikhail Rakitin in the play "We are All Beautiful People" directed by Yuri Butusov (the Lensovet theatre).
Greenfield was an official drink of the “Golden Soffit”. During the ceremony it served round different varieties and presented Greenfield collection to all the winners.