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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We’re now taking private bookings for 22nd June - 4th July 2021!

Whilst we are working to restore our programme of public operation and regular shows, we are relaunching the option of booking a private show of your own! Visit out SHOWS & TICKETS page to book now for an exclusive access to Sharmanka with the best viewing experience!