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Mandate, The

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Declan Donnellan's version of Nikolai Erdman's Soviet satire. Read More >


The revolution turns the Guliachins’ world upside down. First they must track down members of the working class to pose as relatives. And there’s ‘Copenhagen Twilight’ to replace with a portrait of Karl Marx. But in a bizarre case of mistaken identity, the cook is confused for the Grand Duchess Anastasia… or a call girl, depending on whether she is in or out of her dress.

Banned for decades in the USSR, this uproarious new version of Nikolai Erdman’s lost comic masterpiece exposes a society riddled with hypocrisy and confusion.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 15/10/2004

Opening Night: 26/10/2004

Closing Night: 15/01/2005

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Cast & Creative


Director - Declan Donnellan

Producer - National

Designer - Nick Ormerod

Lighting Designer - Judith Greenwood

Movement Director - Jane Gibson

Sound - Rich Walsh

Author - Nikolai Erdman - new version By Declan Donnellan