Ivan Franko Drama theatre in Kiev is also known as the National academic drama theatre of Ivan Franko is situated in Kiev in the Ivan Franko square. The theatre was founded in 1920, the current director is Michael Zakharevich.
The building was constructed in 1889; the theatre was placed in the Nikolayevskaya square. The building was designed according to the rococo style. At that time the building was designed for the theatre called “The community of drama actors”, which was later called “The academis theatre of Russian drama in honor of Lesya Ukrainka”. Only since 1926 there was a special scene assigned to the creative group in honor of Ivan Franko.
During the World War II the troupe has been working in evacuation setting, and the building itself was destroyed and renovated only in 1946.
Since October 1994 the theatre has the status of National after the order from the President of Ukraine.
During the years of functioning the theatre troupe has introduced a lot of plays by world famous writers. The most famous are "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov, produced by K. Khokhlov in 1946, "King Lear" by William Shakespeare, staged by V.Ogloblin in 1959, "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov, staged by I. Molostovyh in 1987, "Othello" by William Shakespeare, staged by Vladimir Malakhov in 2001, and others.