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A new version of Gorky's banned play charting a household falling apart in pre-revolutionary Russia. Read More >

A new version of Gorky’s, banned under the Czarist regime, charting a household falling apart as the personal and political turmoil of pre-revolutionary Russia gathers pace.

A group of young radicals hang out, drink, dance, moan, philosophise and have sex. Sometime law student Pyotr falls for the loose-living lodger. His sister lusts after Nils, moans about life’s tediousness and messes up her own suicide.

Director Howard Davies’s most recent work at the National includes The Life Of Galileo and Paul, while actress Ruth Wilson is best known for playing the eponymous heroine of the BBC’s Jane Eyre.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 23/05/2007

Opening Night: 30/05/2007

Closing Night: 18/08/2007

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Cast & Creative


Mike Aherne, Duncan Bell, Mark Bonnar, Jonathan Bryan, Saskia Butler, Marcus Cunningham, Phil Davis, Susannah Fielding, Rendah Heywood, Conleth Hill, Stephanie Jacob, Rory Kinnear, Maggie McCarthy, Justine Mitchell, Danny Nutt, Charlotte Pyke, Julia West, Ruth Wilson


Director - Howard Davies

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Bunny Christie

Lighting Designer - Neil Austin

Sound - Christopher Shutt

Author - Maxin Gorky, in a new version by Andrew Upton