An actor enters with a battered copy of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, and begins to read aloud from the opening chapter…
We’re in a city run by fools and mediocrities. Elites protect their power, thinkers squabble over trivia, everyone is consumed by greed and materialism. And sitting on a park bench in this city is the Devil himself. Why is he here?
The story that follows is wild, joyful and magnificent. The tale unfurls from ancient Galilee to Stalin’s Moscow, via a giant talking cat, a mad novelist, a ruthless officer of the secret police… At its centre is Margarita, who has to become a witch in order to save a lost manuscript – and us all.
Written in secret in the gloom of repression, passed around under the nose of the state police, The Master and Margarita became a legend long before it was published. Now it is a phenomenon of world literature, celebrated for its insistence that love and imagination (and perhaps public nudity...) will always triumph over those who want to shut us down.
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"In the darkest days of the first lockdown we gathered a group of actors and read aloud from this book. Magic happened. Bulgakov was first and foremost a playwright. Banned from the theatre, he let his theatrical imagination run riot in a secret novel. We’re turning it back into theatre, and we can’t wait to show it to you." – Eamon Flack (Artistic Director)
Adapter and Director: Eamon Flack
Original Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Lighting Designer: Nick Schlieper
Costume Designer: Romaine Harper
Sound Designer and Composer: Stefan Gregory
Choreographer: Elle Evangelista
Cast: Paula Arundell, Rebecca Massey, Mark Winter and Josh Price
To be confirmed
November 11th, 2023
December 10th, 2023
Belvoir St Theatre - Upstairs Theatre
Recommended Age: 12yrs+
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