A star-studded cast pays homage to Russia’s most beloved writer
“Shukshin’s tales melt heart, stand test of time” Moscow Times
“[Shukshin] represents the essence of Russia…the director and the actors are a match for this brilliant writer. It was just outstanding.” Vladimir Putin
Based on a selection of stories by Soviet-era cultural phenomenon, Vasily Shukshin (1929-1974), this vivid and heartwarming production was runaway prize-winner at Russia’s prestigious Golden Mask festival and has been acclaimed in the USA and at many of Europe’s leading international theatre events since its premiere in 2008.
Born into a Siberian peasant background, Vasily Shukshin was a household name in the Soviet Union of the 1960s and early 1970s. An award-winning film director and actor, he also wrote novels, plays, movie scripts and re-invented the short story as a major form in Russian literature.
Portraying people and situations from his own personal experience, Shukshin’s tales are set in a remote Siberian village caught in transition between rural traditions and modern, urban, Soviet life. His frequently eccentric characters are survivors of revolution, collectivisation and war, seeking their identity in a “brave new world”. Hopelessly out of time and touch, these country folk struggle with questions of life and death, faith and reason, custom and progress. Shukshin describes the gap between their dreams and reality with understanding, warmth, love and humour.
The cast features some of Russia’s most famous theatre names including Theatre of Nations’ Artistic Director, Evgeny Mironov, and Chulpan Khamatova (star of 2003 hit movie, Good Bye Lenin!). Latvian director Alvis Hermanis made his name as founder-director of the National Theatre of Riga, with productions that have achieved critical success worldwide including at the Edinburgh and Avignon festivals. Hermanis’ recent productions include opera Il Trovatore for the Salzburg Festival in 2014, starring Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko.
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Director and Set Designer
Approx 3 hrs incl an interval
Performed in Russian with English and Chinese surtitles
This production contains smoking scenes
Theatre of Nations (Russia) - Shukshin's Stories
24 Feb 2018 10:05–10:25pm