Officially, the Baku Marionette Theatre was established on April 20, 1988, under the Union of Theater Workers of Azerbaijan. The first performance was staged on the operetta of Uzeyir Hajibeyov “Arshin Mal Alan”. Its premiere took place in August 1990 in France. In 2013, the Baku Puppet Theater was created in order to maintain attachment to national values and transfer our cultural heritage to future generations. With the special support of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, comprehensive work has been done to expand the theater.
The building of the Baku Marionette Theatre, located at 20 Muslim Magomayev Street, was built in 1880 in the neoclassical style using antique images and motifs. The building, which is a historical and architectural monument of local importance, belonged to the representative of the Baku aristocracy Salimkhanov. The facade of the historic building is made using elements of classical Russian architecture of the late XIX century and European decors.
The operetta “Arshin Mal Alan” and the opera “Leyli and Majnun” currently occupy a special place in the repertoire of the Puppet Theater. In 1990, the theater successfully presented the premiere of “Arshin Mal Alan” in France; later this operetta was shown in many countries. Today, the theater’s touring routes already cover such countries as Germany, the USA, Russia, Poland, Switzerland.
The mission of the Baku Puppet Theater is to popularize the creative heritage of Uzeyir Hajibeyov.
The artistic director of the theater is Tarlan Gorchu.