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Friday 27 October Wednesday 8 November 2017

The Suicide

By Nikolai Erdman, Translated by Peter Tegel
Directed by David Shirley

Written in 1928, Nikolai Erdmanís The Suicide is considered one of the finest plays to have emerged from the early phase of Communist Russia. When Semyon, a young unemployed man contemplates suicide following his failed attempt to learn how to play the tuba, he suddenly finds himself besieged and exploited by various sympathetic visitors pleading with him to make his own suicide a social gesture on their behalf.

Acerbic, Imaginative and very humorous, the play offers a telling critique of the political machinations that characterized the years immediately following the Russian Revolution.

Performances (times to be confirmed)

  • Friday 27 October
  • Saturday 28 October
  • Tuesday 31 October
  • Wednesday 1 November
  • Thursday 2 November
  • Friday 3 November
  • Saturday 4 November
  • Wednesday 8 November

Designer: Olivia Du Monceau