Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death.

SHARMANKA (Russian for Barrel-Organ)  was founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St.Petersburg (Russia) in 1989.  Audiences in many countries have been fascinated by its magic, and based in Glasgow since 1996 it has gained a reputation as one of the  city’s hidden treasures.

Unique art and  craft for thought and entertainment for any age.

Eduard Bersudsky won Creative Scotland Award in 2005

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Friends of Sharmanka is a charity

registered in Scotland No SC023931

It is supported by Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life

Very gripping theatre.

The Times


Bizarre, hilarious, ghoulish... unmissable.

The Sunday Times


An icon-painter for our times.



Unforgettable experience.

The Herald


International genius.

The Saturday Telegraph


Go see.

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Due to current lockdown restrictions in Scotland we have temporarily suspended all of our booking options. We hope to be able to welcome our audiences back this summer 2021 pending the review of government regulations and how this affects our theatre space. We will update here about precise dates as soon as this is confirmed. For now have a look around our website and visit us on Facebook for additional media, interaction and info. Simply click on the icon on the right.