The founder of Russia’s renowned Taganka Theatre, director Yuri Lyubimov has died at the age of 97.
Born before the 1917 revolution, Lyubimov began directing avant-garde theatre productions in the 1960s.
He went on to win worldwide recognition for his hugely visual and inventive shows.
He was exiled for several years in the 1980s after criticising cultural restrictions in the Soviet Union.
During his exile he directed plays and operas at some of the leading theatres in the United States and Europe.
He was allowed to return to the Soviet Union in 1988 and eventually regained his position at the Taganka Theatre.
Despite his age he continued to work and in 2013 he staged the opera Prince Igor at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.