Russian director hit with travel ban makes surprise German appearance

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Acclaimed director Kirill Serebrennikov unexpectedly turned up at Hamburg’s Thalia Theatre in recent days for rehearsals, shocking co-workers who thought he was still forbidden from leaving his native Russia. He has been leading rehearsals of a production of Chekhov’s “The Black Monk” at the Thalia, the theatre said. For four years, Serebrennikov has been under a strict travel ban and directed numerous productions by Zoom and video all over Europe. The director was arrested in summer 2017 and placed under house arrest. The prison sentence demanded by the prosecution for alleged embezzlement of…

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