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Ekaterina Kleopina is playing Irina in Three Sisters.

Ekaterina Kleopina is playing Irina in Three Sisters.

Tell Us In 10: Ekaterina Tarasova

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 19 June 2019, Last Updated 5 July 2019

In our brand-new series, Tell Us In 10, we’re going to be asking casts and creatives of top London shows to tell us all about themselves…in just ten questions! From what their colleagues would say about them behind their back, to Theatreland idols and favourite shows, there’s a lot to find out!

Taking on the task in the first-ever Tell Us In 10 is Ekaterina Tarasova. She is currently playing Irina in the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg’s production of Three Sisters.

Take it away Ekaterina!

1. My route into theatre was…

At my high school’s reading competition (I was reading a bit from Dostoevsky’s The Idiot). One of the judges asked me if I’d consider becoming an actor.

2. My West End idol is…

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3. My colleagues would describe me as…

Too trusting, a good partner to be onstage with, and (here’s hoping) talented.

4. My favourite show present or past (that isn’t one I star in/work on) is…

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5. The career moment I’m most proud of is…

Joining Lev Dodin’s company – Maly Drama Theatre of St-Petersburg.

6. The hardest part about my role is…

The absolute need to start from scratch in every new part.

7. If I didn’t work in theatre I would be…

A fashion designer.

8. One thing no one else knows about me is…

I’m always jittery before going on stage at the start of the show every night.

9. The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…

Don’t judge your character, never think that your character is somehow less than you yourself.

10. The one thing I wish I could tell my younger self is…

You are doing everything right!

You can catch Ekaterina in Three Sisters at the Vaudeville Theatre now!


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