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by John Hodge

30 November to 9 December 2017

Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama. John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. Won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2012.

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Cast

Mikhail Bulgakov David Kay
Yelena Suzi Whittle
Stalin Russ Gregory
Vasilly Chris Hearn
Praskovya Margaret Hey
Grigory Jamie Heath
Anna Avril Swift
Sergei Jan Kool
Vladimir Jeremy Taylor
Stepan Roger Dale
Doctor / Man Tony Richardson
Actor 1 / Lagrange Peter Damesick
Actor 2 / Moliere Robin Clark
Eva / Chorus Pamela Cuthill
Woman / Cleaner / Nurse / Chorus Anne Gregory
Driver Iain McGrath
Director Ian Grayson