Russian Theatre in London 2018

GENERAL

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There are occasional productions in Russian in London.   QMUL tend to put on a (very) student production each year.  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 be without a permanent home.

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

The Overcoat (ARX) undergoes gender reassignment at The Omnibus from 9 January to 18 January.

The War Has Not Yet Started  (PRX) plays at the Southwark Playhouse from 17 January to 10 February.  (My reactions here–it gave me a lot to think about…)

FEBRUARY

The War Has Not Yet Started  (PRX) plays at the Southwark Playhouse from 17 January to 10 February.

The Little Angel is a musical adaptation of Leonid Andreev at the Hen & Chickens from 20 February to 24 February.

The Lady with a Dog (ARX) finds herself reimagined for Jazz Age Britain at the White Bear from 20 February to 10 March.

A Doll’s House (PXR) is performed in Russian with English surtitles at the Cockpit Theatre from 22 February to 25 February.

Smile Upon Us, Lord (ARX) runs at the Barbican from 28 Februry to 3 March.

MARCH

Smile Upon Us, Lord (ARX) runs at the Barbican from 28 Februry to 3 March.

The Cherry Orchard (PRX) is at the Union Theatre from 14 March to 7 April.

Three Sisters (PRX) plays in a new version by Ross McGregor from 20 March to 14 April.

QMUL will be doing Evgenii Shvarts’s An Ordinary Miracle (PRR) on 22 and 23 March.

APRIL

The Cherry Orchard (PRX) is at the Union Theatre from 14 March to 7 April.

Three Sisters (PRX) plays at the Brockley Jack in a new version by Ross McGregor from 20 March to 14 April.

Ward No. 6 (ARX) is adapted at the Lion & Unicorn from 2 April to 8 April.

MAY

The Maly 2018 season (in Russian, with English surtitles) will comprise Uncle Vanya and an adaptation of Life and Fate at the Haymarket Theatre on various dates from 8 May to 20 May.

Three Sisters, by RASHDASH, after Chekhov, The Yard, 22 May to 9 June.

JUNE

Three Sisters, by RASHDASH, after Chekhov, The Yard, 22 May to 9 June.

The Seagull will be at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre from 11 to 17 June.

AUGUST

A Little Hero presents the difficult reality of being gay in Putin’s Russia at the White Bear from 8 to 25 August.

The Bear & The Proposal reappeat at the London Theatre New Cross on 9 and 10 August.

The Government Inspector, a new play adapted from Gogol’s great satire, will be at the Brockley Jack from 21 August to 25 August.

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