From the Old Vic to Liverpool Everymanby Michael Coveney / April 14, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
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 Peace of the Stalinist era. Dodin’s company accompany just seven performances of this play with three of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.