Russian Theatre in London 2016

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GENERAL

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.  Vlada Lemeshevska has written to say that Xameleon Theatre Productions  are hoping to stage plays in Russian with English subtitles.  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 now have been exiled to Baron’s Court.

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

FEBRUARY

Lolita  (AXR) appears in Russian at the Duke of Hamilton from 3 February to 7 February.

FEBRUARY/MARCH

Lolita  (AXX) appears in her native English at the Duke of Hamilton from 10 February to 6 March.

(PRX) is adapted by Robert Icke at the Almeida from 5 February to 26 March.

MARCH

The Cherry Orchard (PRX) runs at the Cockpit Theatre from 3 March to 12 March.

The Kreutzer Sonata (ARX) is adapted at the London Theatre New Cross on 8 and 9 March.

Ward No. 6 (ARX) is adapted at the Barons Court Theatre from  9 March to 26 March.

The Master and Margarita (ARX) is adapted at the Barons Court Theatre from  9 March to 26 March.

Любовь в футляре (ARR) идет в театре Cockpit с 17 по 19 марта.  Спектакль создан из коротких рассказов Антона Павловича Чехова, посвященных теме любви и взаимоотношений между людьми.

MARCH/APRIL

Fox & Chips theatre presents a must see, immersive, bold and unorthodox rendition of the The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. During this spectacle audiences are permitted to walk around our 1960s setting, interact with the actors and order food and drinks from the bar. Every Sunday and Monday from the 6th of March – 26th of April.

Anna Karenina (ARX)  is adapted at the Brockley Jack from 15 March to 2 April.

A madman, a terrorist, and a whore (ARX) combines the Gogol’s Diary of a Madman with Andreev’s Darkness at the Baron’s Court Theatre on four dates from 26 March to 5 April.

Invitation to a beheading (ARX) is adapted at the Barons Court Theatre from 30 March to 24 April.

Lolita (ARX) is at the London Theatre New Cross from 31 March to 3 April.

APRIL

In The Suicide Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into contemporary urban Britain, at the National Theatre from 6 April to 25 June.

Lolita (ARX) is adapted at the Barons Court Theatre from 9 April to 19 April.

THE BEAR & THE PROPOSAL by Chekhov (PRX) are at the London Theatre New Cross from 21 April to 23 April.

MAY

In The Suicide Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into contemporary urban Britain, at the National Theatre from 6 April to 25 June.

The Government Inspector (PRX) is adapted by David Harrower at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East from 18 May to 28 May.

Star Child  (AXR) is an adaptation in Russian at the Jermyn Street Theatre from 23 May to 28 May.

Bulgakov’s Diaboliad is adapted (ARX) at the Courtyard Theatre Hoxton from 24 to 29 May.

JUNE

In The Suicide Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into contemporary urban Britain, at the National Theatre from 6 April to 25 June.

We is updated in augmented reality (ARX) at the Roundhouse on 12 June.

JULY

Crime and Punishment is A play written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, adapted by Phillip Breen and presented at the Greenwood Theatre (ARX!) from 5 July to 12 July.

The Kreutzer Sonata (ARX) is at the Arcola from 6 July to 23 July.

Young Chekhov (comprising Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull) appears at the National Theatre from 14 July to 3 September.

AUGUST

Young Chekhov (comprising Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull) appears at the National Theatre from 14 July to 3 September.

The Seagull is performed in Russian with English subtitles in 60 minutes at the Etcetera Theatre from 6 September to 10 September.


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