The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol
Directed by Rae Mcken
Translated by Adrian Mitchell
Friday 21st October – Saturday 29th October 2005 @ 7.30pm
Matinee – Friday 28th October @ 2.30pm
Premiered at the National Theatre in 1985, with Rik Mayall in the lead, this is the poet and playwright Adrian Mitchell’s version of Gogol’s classic satire on human vanity with its story of a penniless nobody from Moscow who is mistaken for a government inspector by the corrupt and self-seeking officials of a small town in Tsarist Russia.
‘The Government Inspector is poetry in action… when he really let himself go, Gogol became the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced.”
STARS IN THE MORNING SKY by Alexander Galin
Directed by Caroline Leslie
Translated by Michael Glenny & Cathy Porter
Friday 21st October – Saturday 29th October 2005 @ 7.45pm
Matinee – Saturday 29th October @ 2.30pm
1980 and Russia are hosting the Olympic Games. As athletes, visitors and the world’s media pour into Moscow, the police round up the city’s prostitutes and other undesirables and deport them to makeshift lodgings at a mental asylum 100km away. Through tension and fantasy the characters attest to the universally human ability to connect with other people under the worst of circumstances.
Based on actual events, this Olivier Award winning play was censored for six years before being produced in Russia.
THE THREEPENNY OPERA by Bertholt Brecht
Directed by Dave Bond
“By arrangement with MDS Ltd on behalf of Universal Edition (London) Ltd.; London”
“English translation by Robert David MacDonald with lyrics by Jeremy Sams”
Thursday 1st – Saturday 10th December @ 7.30pm
Almost 50 years after his death, Brecht’s take on how society operates still has ‘teeth like razors’, whilst Weill’s score - from the opening chords of ‘Mac the Knife’ - has become part of Western culture’s consciousness: jazzy, syncopated, and dissonant.
IN FLAME By Charlotte Jones
Directed by Natalie Wilson
Thursday 1st – Saturday 10th December @ 7.45pm
‘A play about life and death, love and lust, guilt and hope and dreams and the whole damn thing. It has some of the best writing I have come across recently: vigorous, poetic and lethally funny, probing hearts with warmth, compassion and irony.’ Sunday Times
THE MAIDS by Jean Genet
Directed by Firenza Guidi
Translated by Martin Crimp
Chapter Arts Centre: Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd December @ 7.45pm
Matinee Saturday 3rd December @ 2.30pm
Belfast, Queens University: Thursday 8th – Friday 9th December @ 7.30pm
Dublin, Project Arts Centre: Monday 12th – Tuesday 13th December @ 8.15pm
In keeping with tragedy's infernal logic, the maids’ imaginary desire to kill their mistress has self-destructive consequences. The increasing intensity sees their plans drifting to extremity and ultimately heartbreak.
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|Thursday, August 25, 2005|
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