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This show closed on June 10, 2019

About Masquerade

One of Moscow’s oldest theatre companies returns to Toronto with a show that will sweep you off your feet and into a storm of intrigue, hidden truths, and heaps of snow.

Based on the writings of Mikhail Lermontov, one of Russia’s most important 19th century poets, the tragi-farce "Masquerade" uncovers the real moralities of modern society behind the masks that everyone wears. Discover scandalous love affairs and squandered opportunities; exposed lies, truths, and the words that can kill. Literally.

Visionary Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas, whose critically-acclaimed "Uncle Vanya," sold out at Luminato in 2017, applies his signature style to "Masquerade," a melancholy Commedia dell’Arte with opulent costumes and entrancing music, set in mysterious, snowy Saint Petersburg. Often compared to Shakespeare’s "Othello," "Masquerade" is a ruthless and ribald study of jealousy and pride within a gossip-ridden community, portrayed by a cast of some of Russia’s most celebrated actors. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.

Run Time

2hrs, 30min; incl. intermission

Start Date

End Date

John W.H. Bassett Theatre, Metro Convention Centre

255 Front Street W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6

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