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Vassa Tickets

Almeida Theatre

Multiple award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett adapts Maxim Gorky’s Vassa, which portrays an aristocratic family in turmoil as the Russian Revolution approaches, threatening to destroy their dynasty.

With Vassa, Genesis Future Directors Award-winner Tinuke Craig (The Colour Purple, Dirty Butterfly) makes her Almeida Theatre debut, directing this contemporary adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s savagely funny depiction of a family dynasty falling apart.

Adapted from Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova by multiple award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett (King Charles III, Albion), Vassa focuses on one woman who is trying to keep her chaotic family together while the threat of the Russian Revolution approaches. A dying father, a spying son, a thieving uncle and a fortune worth squabbling over. This is a family with issues.

Stage and TV veteran Siobahn Redmond (Top Girls, RSC's Imperium) plays Vassa. She leads an exciting cast that includes Alexandra Downling (Romeo and Juliet, Richard III), Arthur Hughes (The Cherry Orchard, Our Town) and Amber James (Two Gentlemen of Verona, Titus Andronicus).

With the combination of Craig’s directing and Bartlett’s writing, as well as production design by Fly Davis (Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale), Vassa is set to be an intelligent, funny and compelling experience at the Almeida Theatre.

Performance dates:
05 Oct 2019 - 23 Nov 2019
Running time:
2 hours and 5 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 16+
Audience Notes:
Theatre-goers who enjoyed other high-profile adaptations of classic Russian plays, such as The Present with Cate Blanchett, will enjoy Vassa. Fans of Tinuke Craig’s previous works will be fascinated to see her directing skills on stage at the Almeida.

Please note that Vassa contains depictions of suicide, and therefore may not be suitable for children.

Vassa Reviews

11 Reviews
  • 5 Stars27%
  • 4 Stars18%
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  • 2 Stars36%
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User Reviews


I was very disappointed with this show and actually left at the interval which is something I very rarely do. I couldn't work out if the writer/director was trying to convey a comedy or a drama. I found all of the characters horrible and couldn't w Read more

Performance date: 11 November 2019
Performance date: 24 October 2019
Performance date: 23 November 2019
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