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Meyerhold staged Vladimir Mayakovsky's The Bedbug in 1929.

The director worked closely with the author on the production, as well as with the composer Dmitry Shostakovich. For the first half of the play, Meyerhold engaged three young designers, Mikhail Kupriianov, Porfiry Krylov, and Nikolai Sokolov (they called themselves by the acronym Kukriniksy).

Here are three sketches by the Kukryniksy for the first half of The Bedbug. To the right is a sketch of various props. The bottom left depicts that dormitory in which the second scene takes place. The bottom right is a sketch of the set for scene three.

The Bedbug 1 2