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The best theatre on this month—including “the War and Peace of the Stalinist era”

From the Old Vic to Liverpool Everyman

By Michael Coveney   May 2018

Life and Fate

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 8th to 20th May

Vasily Grossman’s panoramic novel of Soviet society was seized by the KGB, banned, and later smuggled to the West, where it was first published in 1980. Its first stage adaptation marks the return to London of the Maly Theatre of Leningrad, under the inspirational direction of Lev Dodin. Grossman’s epic tale, which will be performed in Russian with surtitles, follows the fate of a Jewish family during the Second World War. Historian Antony Beevor has described it as the War and…

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