Maly Drama Theatre was established in 1944. The theater had no particular creative program or your own home. A small troupe showed their performances only in the towns and villages of the Leningrad region. From time to time created interesting performances, but still the theater was little known in the city.
Since 1998, MDT regularly participates in the Festival of the National Theatre Award country "Golden Mask". During this time the theater's performances have been the winners of this award. Theatre is extensive international work in the European Union theaters in which he was invited In 1992.
Decision of the General Assembly of the Union of European Theatres in 1998 was granted the status MDT Theatre of Europe. Maly Drama - a regular guest and member of the prestigious theater festivals in the world.