The Civil War is drawing to an end in Russia. The White Army is disintegrating and a wave of refugees is about to descend on Turkey, and then spread across Europe. Bulgakov’s play follows the fate of a small group of Russians from the Crimea to Constantinople to Paris. It is a tragic comedy that was never staged during the life of its author due to the opposition of Stalin.
Mikhail Bulgakov was one of the greatest Russian writers of the twentieth century. Although he never travelled out of his country, his books and plays have made him famous around the world. The Master and Margarita is his most acclaimed work, a novel adapted for the stage by Complicite and performed at the Barbican. His other productions in London include an adaptation of The Heart of a Dog by the ENO in 2010, and performances of The White Guard in 2010 and Flight at the National Theatre in 1998.
A planet, 3469 Bulgakov, was named after him in 1982 by the Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Karachkina; but he was not honoured in such a way while he was alive.
Written by Mikhail Bulgakov, adapted by Howard Colyer, directed by Scott Le Crass, associate Director Bronagh Lagan.
Cast includes: Josephine Rogers, Laura Mulholland, Nadia Shash, Callum Cameron, Alec Gray, Miles Le Versha, Declan Cooke, David Bromley, Simon Alexander, Will McGeough, Christopher Poke, Matthew Ward
Creatives: Kemey Lafond (Designer), Max Pappenheim (Sound Designer), Jo Clisby (Stagemanager)
Howard Colyer is a playwright and novelist. His previous works include Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji (2013), Mandrake (2013), Trojan Women (2013), Kafka v Kafka (2012), Finchley Road (2012), Homework (2011), Conference Call (2011) and The Overcoat (2011). His novels include Gregory Gun and Oldshaw.
Scott Le Crass is a director on the Birmingham Rep’s Foundry Programme, and currently the assistant director on the Rep’s Christmas Show – A Christmas Carol. Le Crass trained as an actor at Arts Ed, and has since directed and assisted on work at a wide range of theatres including, the Jack Studio, Watford Palace, Riverside Studios, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre 503, Trafalgar Studios, The Old Red Lion and The Pleasance. He has previously directed three of Colyer’s plays, Conference Call, Mandrake and Homework.
The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH
Dates: 14th January to 1st February
Performances Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm
Running Time: 75 minutes (no interval)