Russian Theatre in London 2015

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GENERAL

See here for 2016.

There are occasional productions in Russian in London.  One organisation that has staged such things is LTP, though they may no longer be active.  QMUL tend to put on a (very) student production each year–there’s a poster for the 2011 one here.  Otherwise–as far as I know–it tends to be down to discrete initiatives that are hard to predict.

As for Russian plays in English, the most consistent stager of these that I know of  is Victor Sobchak’s Theatre Collection, though it looks as though they may not be active as at July 2015.

The London Theatre in New Cross did put on a number of Russian works, both in Russian and English. They also emailed to say that this was part of their artistic policy and they would be doing more Russian productions, again both in Russian and English.  Not far away, the Brockley Jack seems to have a continuing interest in staging classic Russian texts.

I’m not aware of any other theatre or company that consistently puts on Russian plays.

Do email me if there’s anything you think should be added to this page!  The listing of sources used may be useful if you want to publicise your own show, as well as for sheer pedantry.  Or you might be interested in Some Questions On Russian Theatre In London.

SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES

In what follows, in view of the complexity of what ‘Russian play’ might mean to people, I’ve given each entry a three letter code.  The first letter can be P (it was originally a play) or A (an adaptation).  The second can be R (it was originally in Russian) or X (it wasn’t).  The third can be R (it’s being given in Russian) or X (it isn’t).  No doubt our readers will be hoping for PRR.  The months in the headings now refer to the month the show opens in.

JANUARY

The Dragon (ARX; by Yevgeny Schwartz in a new adaptation by Daniel Goldman and Company) continues at the Southwark Playhouse to 10 January.

Ward No. 6   (ARX; based on Chekhov) is on at the Lord Stanley/Theatre Collection from 7 January to 1 February.

Boris Godunov (PRX) runs non-operatically at the Brockley Jack from 13 January to 31 January.

Three Sisters (PRX) is at the Cockpit Theatre from 20 January to 24 January.

FEBRUARY

The Brothers Karamazov (ARX) is or are adapted at the Lord Stanley from 4 February to 1 March.

The Bear (PRX) is adapted at the Baron’s Court Theatre from 3 February to 15 February.

A Chunk of Chekhov:  The Bear and The Proposal & The Harmful Effects of Smoking (PRX) is at the London Theatre New Cross from 17 February to 22 February.

Eugene Onegin  (ARR) is adapted non-operatically but in Russian at the Barbican from 18 February to 21 February.

The Russian National Tourist Office brings you KAPUSTNIK/ Капустник (performed in Russian) at the London Theatre New Cross on 28 February and 1 March.

APRIL

Theatro Technis plays host to Three Sisters (PRX) and The Seagull (PRX) on various dates from 6 April to 25 April.

Measure for Measure (PXR) is on in Russian at the Barbican from April 15 to April 25.

MAY

The Harvest (PRX) runs at the Soho Theatre from 21 May to 13 June.

The ‘Buster Keaton’ version of The Overcoat which was used to prove that a silent movie star could do serious acting will be performed live followed by a reading of the original short story by the cast at the London Theatre from 26 May to 29 May.

Burnt by the Sun (ARX) is at GSMD from 26 May to 30 May.

JUNE

The Harvest (PRX) continues at the Soho Theatre from to 13 June.

Uncle Vanya (PRX) is at the London Theatre from 9 June to 14 June.

The Seagull (PRX) is at the Open Air Theatre Regents Park from 19 June to 11 July.

JULY

The Seagull (PRX) is at the Open Air Theatre Regents Park from 19 June to 11 July.

Three Days in the Country (by Patrick Marber, after Turgenev) is at the National from 21 July to 21 October.

Empress Maria (performed in Russian)  (ARR) is a one-hour play at the London Theatre New Cross on 23 July.

The Suicide (PRX) is at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 29 July to 1 August.

AUGUST

Three Days in the Country (PRX; by Patrick Marber, after Turgenev) is at the National from 21 July to 21 October.

The Suicide (PRX) is at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 29 July to 1 August.

SEPTEMBER

Three Days in the Country (PRX; by Patrick Marber, after Turgenev) is at the National from 21 July to 21 October.

The Promise (PRX; adapted by Nick Dear) is at the White Bear from 1 September to 13 September.

The St James Theatre is hosting a season by the National Theatre of Kiev, where productions will be performed in Russian and will be live-dubbed in English to be enjoyed in either language.  The shows are:

Ward of the Manor (aka Turgenev’s Nakhlebnik, I think) 8-10 September

My Mocking Happiness (from the correspondence of Anton Chekhov) 11-12 September

Life’s Little Nothings (from some stories of Anton Chekhov) 13-15 September

Don Juan (by Lesya Ukrainka) 17-19 September.

Dirty Bird (PRX) is a new adaptation of Chekhov’s dark comedy, “The Seagull” by Whit Hertford at the Courtyard Theatre from 29 September to 11 October.

OCTOBER

Dirty Bird (PRX),a new adaptation of Chekhov’s dark comedy, “The Seagull” by Whit Hertford, continues at the Courtyard Theatre from 29 September to 11 October.

The Bear and The Proposal (PRX) is/are standing in for Jeffrey Bernard at the London Theatre New Cross from 15 to 17 October.

 


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