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    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 5 minutes (including interval)

    Age recommendation: Recommended 16+

    Special notice: 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.

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    Latest audience reviews

    I was very disappointed with this show and actually left at the interval which is something I very rarely... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer19 Nov 2019

    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 warm to any of them. Such a shame as the Almeida do house some good productions - this for me just wasn't one of them!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer19 Nov 2019
    moley Top 100 reviewer06 Nov 2019
    londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer20 Dec 2019

    I was very disappointed with this show and actually left at the interval which is something I very rarely... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer19 Nov 2019

    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 warm to any of them. Such a shame as the Almeida do house some good productions - this for me just wasn't one of them!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer19 Nov 2019

    Before the Russian Revolution, a family with negative personal traits betray each other in a bid to save... More

    rachelgreene Top 100 reviewer10 Nov 2019

    Before the Russian Revolution, a family with negative personal traits betray each other in a bid to save their business. My opinion is it was darkly humorous.

    rachelgreene Top 100 reviewer10 Nov 2019
    alexandert3 17 Nov 2019
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