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Acclaimed theatre company Maly Drama Theatre return to the West End for the first time in over a decade, bringing their acclaimed productions of Uncle Vanya and Life and Fate to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, for a strictly limited engagement. Life and Fate is the gripping tale of Soviet Society, told through the fate of Jewish family, the Shtrums.

Playing for a strictly limited engagement, multi-award winning company Maly Drama Theatre from, St. Petersburg, bring their renowned production Life and Fate to London for the first time. Touring the world since 2007, this production has won Russia’s national theatre award, the Golden Mask, for Best Play. This play will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Adapted from Vasily Grossman’s 1959 novel of the same name, the epic story is set in 1943 as Russian people suffer the effects of World War II. Focusing on the Battle of Stalingrad as framed by one family, all of Russia’s ailments are starkly exposed. The book was banned from publishing in Russia due to its comparisons between Nazism and Stalinism, but fellow Russian dissidents eventually published the book in 1980 in Switzerland, after Grossman’s death.

Cast members include Sergey Kuryshev as Viktor Shtrum, Tatiana Shestakova as Anna Shtrum, Elena Solomonova as Lyudmila, Daria Rumyantseva as Nadia and Elizaveta Boyarskaya as Genia. Further casting includes Alexander Koshkarev, Alexy Zybarev, Andrey Kondratyev, Artur Kozin, Igor Chernevich, Igor Ivanov, Ivan Chepura, Nikita Vasilev, Oleg Dmitriev, Oleg Gayanov, Oleg Ryanzantsev, Pavel Gryaznov, Sergei Kozyrev, Sergey Seregin, Sergey Vlasov, Stanislav Nikolskii, Vladimir Seleznev and Vladimir Zahariev.

Founded in 1944, the Maly Drama Theatre is now considered one of Russia’s most important venues. From humble beginnings, when the company had no venue and had to tour towns in villages in the Leningrad area, the group have grown into a 56-member company, led by Artistic Director and teacher Lev Dodin, who has been in the position since 1982.

An extraordinary opportunity to see Russian theatre performed by its own creators, Life and Fate is presented alongside the company’s acclaimed interpretation of Uncle Vanya. Playing a strictly limited engagement at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, Life and Fate runs from 8 to 20 May 2018.

Life and Fate will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Sorry this show closed 20 May 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
19 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
Running time:
3 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Theatre Royal Haymarket (See map)
Age recommendation:
Recommended 16+ (Contains nudity)
Audience Notes:
WWII plays are fairly common, but not from a Russian perspective. Those interested in war history, Russian theatre and seminal literature won’t want to miss the chance to see this play.

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