The Space Plus chair goes right to the heart of the Maly Drama Theatre (in Russian: Малый драматический театр, founded in 1944). Year after year the productions at the Maly has gained acclaim in Russia and abroad. The General Assembly of the Union of European Theatres granted MDT the status of Theatre of Europe in 1998. Today there are only three such theatres in the world. During the past decade the Maly Drama Theatre has become a leader in the developing theatrical arts. The theatre’s performances have been seen in practically all corners of the world, in more than sixty cities of Europe, Australia, South and North America, and Southeast Asia.