Home to arguably the father of modern theatrical practice Constantin Stanislavski, expressionist master Vsevolod Meyerhold and of course Anton Chekhov, it’s fair to say Russia has a strong theatrical tradition.
Tonight marks the opening of a new season which will allow British theatre goers a glimpse at the state Russian Theatre today. Sovremennik (literally translating to ‘contemporary’) will be performing three plays over a nine day run at The Noel Coward Theatre. The strictly limited run has been funded by Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich and promises lavish sets and an ensemble of 50, an extraordinary number in the middle of a worldwide recession. The season will be the first time that a major Russian Theatre Company has come to London in 20 years but a logical step for this internationally touring company.
The first foreign company to win an American Drama Desk Award they are led by Galina Volchek, a leading figure in the Russian theatrical landscape, and boast a number of film and television stars in the troupe.
The season which will be performed in Russian with English surtitles and will comprise of two Chekhov pieces, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. Tonight marks the opening of the third play, a modern piece penned by journalist Eugenia Ginzburg’s about her imprisonment in the Gulag, titled Into The Whirlwind.
Ticket prices go up to £49.50 but for students can be as little as £7, a perfectly reasonable amount to see what modern Russian theatre is made of.
21-22 Jan Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg
24-25 Jan Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
28-29 Jan The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
Time: Time: 19.00
Venue: Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
Ticket Prices: £49.50 – £12.50 ( £7.00 with a student ID card)
Box Office: 0844 482 5140 / www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk