Russian Theatre in London 2017

GENERAL

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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.  Xameleon Theatre Productions  are hoping to stage plays in Russian with English subtitles.  Logan Hall  is quite often used for staging one-off commercial productions.  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

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.

JANUARY

Three Sisters  (PRX) appear in a new version by Tracy Letts at the Union Theatre from 4 January to 4 February.

Naughty Chekhov (PRR) appears with English surtitles at the Etcetera Theatre on 8 and 9 January.

The Lower Depths (PRX) plays at the Arcola from 11 January to 11 February.

The Marriage of Figaro (PXR) will be performed in Russian with English surtitles at the Cockpit Theatre from 19 to 22 January.

FEBRUARY

Three Sisters  (PRX) appear in a new version by Tracy Letts at the Union Theatre from 4 January to 4 February.

The Lower Depths (PRX) plays at the Arcola from 11 January to 11 February.

Morphine (ARR) appears with English surtitles at the Etcetera Theatre from 7 February to 12 February.  My views here.

Crime and Punishment (ARX) is adapted for 3 actors in 90 minutes at the Brockley Jack from 7 February to 25 February.   And very successfully too, in my view.

Heart of a Dog (ARX) is at the Arcola from 9 to 11 February.

The Cherry Orchard (PRX) is at the Arcola Theatre from 15 February to 25 March.

The Idiot (ARR) is adapted in Russian with English surtitles at Theatro Technis from 27 February to 11 March.

MARCH 

The Idiot (ARR) is adapted in Russian with English surtitles at Theatro Technis from 27 February to 11 March.

The Cherry Orchard (PRX) is at the Arcola Theatre from 15 February to 25 March.

Voices from Chernobyl (ARX) is adapted from Svetlana Alexievich at the Cockpit Theatre on 8 and 9 March.

The Little Prince (AXR) will be appearing in Russian with English subtitles from 10 to 12 March.

The London Theatre New Cross is having a Russian Drama Week from 7 to 12 MarchAll the shows are in Russian language with English written translations.

The Bear/The Proposal (PRX) are it seems quite radically adapted at the Young Vic from 15 March to 25 March

Talents and Admirers (PRX) will run at the London Theatre New Cross from 21 March to 26 March.

Joy Division  is performed in Russian at the London Theatre New Cross on 25 March.  The harrowing a true story of East European Nazi sex slaves and looks at sex slavery then and today. 

MAY

Voices from Chernobyl (ARX) is at the Brockley Jack from 2 May to 13 May–my views here.

The Sovremennik company is having a season at the Piccadilly Theatre  as follows:

Three Comrades (AXR)  3-6 May

Two for the Seesaw (AXR)  8-9 May

Three Sisters (PRR) 11-13 May

The Marriage  (PRR) is on at The Space, performed in the Russian Language with English subtitles, from 19 to 21 May.

The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (PRX) will be at the Arts Theatre on 27 and 28 May.

JUNE

The Last Ones (PRX) will be at the Jermyn Street Theatre from 7 June to 1 July.

Wild Honey   (PRX) is adapted from Chekhov by Michael Frayn at The Sainsbury Theatre from 11 July to 18 July.

SEPTEMBER

Собачье сердце будет в театре Lion & Unicorn с 3 сентября до 5 сентября.

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