Vahram Papazian

Vahram Papazian or Papazyan (Armenian: Վահրամ Քամերի Փափազյան, January 6, 1888 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire – June 5, 1968 in Yerevan, Armenia),[1] was a Soviet actor who was an ethnic Armenian, mostly known for his Shakespearean roles.[2][3] Vahram had done plays in Constantinople, Tiflis, Baku Armenian theaters, Moscow's Maly Theatre and in France, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Belgium.[4] Papazian began his career in 1908, where he was regarded as one of the best Armenian actors at the time. Before his death he was known as the leading star in the Sundukyan Academic Theatre. The Council of National Literature's wrote that 'Vahram Papazian's Othello dominated the Armenian stage for more than half a century'.[5]

Vahram Papazyan on a 2013 Armenian stamp
Grave of Vahram Papazyan, Pantheon cemetery in Yerevan

In 1933, Rezā Shāh decided to create the National State Theatre Company. Shah invited Vahram Papazian to cast a number of shows for the Iranian Red Cross.


Vahram Papazian is buried at Komitas Pantheon which is located in the city center of Yerevan.[6]

On 5 February 2012, a statue of Papazian was erected in Armenia.

Vahram Papazian Theatre GroupEdit

Vahram Papazyan has a Lebanese Armenian theatre group named after him. It is founded by the Armenian General Benevolent Union's (AGBU, Armenian:ՀԲԸՄ) Armenian Youth Association (Armenian: ՀԵԸ).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Vahram Papazian.
  2. ^ Sarkisyanz, Manuel (1975). A modern history of Transcaucasian Armenia: social, cultural, and political. Udyama Commercial Press. p. 282.
  3. ^ Rubin, Don; et al. (2001). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Asia/Pacific. Taylor & Francis. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-415-26087-9.
  4. ^ Folger Shakespeare Library, Shakespeare Association of America (1958). Shakespeare quarterly: Volume 9. p. 391.
  5. ^ Council on National Literatures (1979). Quarterly world report: Volumes 2–7. pp. 6–9.
  6. ^ Papazian's memorial tombstone at Komitas Pantheon

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