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.

The List

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Due to current situation Sharmanka has
temporarily closed the doors to its audience.

We will continue to follow Government advice as it is issued and update you as the situation progresses. This is a difficult decision, but we are certain that Sharmanka will bounce right back into action as soon as the situation improves and the health environment is safe for our team, our audience and the wider society. We are hoping to
re-open as soon as it is safe to do so and will launch the new booking service once tickets are back on sale.

We wish everyone safest possible transition through the challenging times.