“The Universe in a Nutshell” – inspired by “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow and “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

About the Production: The performance draws on the bestselling writing of celebrated British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. Though confined to a wheelchair, a scientist guides us on a trip that explores the limits of human cognition. What exactly is our universe? Did it have a beginning? What is matter? What is the origin of life? Are we alone in the universe? The play looks at how the resolve of a few determined scholars can reshape our concept of the world.

Creative Team:

Director – Dmytro Zakhozhenko

Stage Design – Nina Zakhozhenko

Costume Design – Olga Danyliuk

Lighting - Oleksandr Bezverkhyi


Ihor Rubashkin

Katerina Kisten

Hryhoriy Baklanov

Boris Ukrainskyi

Artur Zaytsev

Premier: 16-17 March 2018 at the New Theatre on Pechersk

About the New Theatre on Pechersk – founded in 2000, the graduating class of Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television studying under Ukrainian National Artist Mykola Rushkovskyi became the core of the theatre’s acting troupe. During their university years, the group assembled the stage repertoire to be performed at the theatre over the next 18 years. Drawing from the more than forty productions staged at the theatre, the troupe has travelled to festivals in Germany, the UK and Sweden, and earned several Kyiv Pectoral Awards and critical acclaim for its productions of “The Man of La Mancha”, The Master and Margarita”, “8 Steps of the Tango”, “The Libertine”, “The Ship Will Not Come”, and “Under Pressure Push Up 1-3”. All the actors from the New Theatre also work extensively in film and television.

About the Director: Dmytro Zakhozhenko – Ukrainian theatrical director and head of the European Theatre Studio, Zakhozhenko has been staging his work at the New Theatre on Pechersk since 2015.