Complicite / Simon McBurney

The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov

15 March 2012 - 7 April 2012 / 19:15, 14:00

£16 - 42

Preview prices (15 -17 Mar): all seats £2 off

Return tickets may become available for sold-out performances, subject to availability. Please check back regularly and sign up to Barbican facebook and twitter pages to receive alerts.

Red & Orange Members enjoy 20% off ticket prices for this show (subject to availability)

 Sold out

A man travels from Moscow to Yalta at the speed of light. A writer burns his novel. A woman goes to hell and back to save her lover. All the while, Pontius Pilate argues with Jesus about the nature of human worth.

The enigmas that bind Bulgakov's violent, poetic maelstrom of a novel are one reason it is hailed as a masterpiece of Russian literature, remaining timeless and vital to this day.

Simon McBurney's award-winning company Complicite returns to the Barbican with a new adaptation of this classic Soviet satire, following the success of Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number.

★★★★ 'Complicite delivers its most hallucinatory work to date. It combines operatic grandeur with moments of aching poignancy. The production is visually ravishing. It’s both absorbing and wonderfully nuts.' Evening Standard

195 mins with interval

Preview performances 15 - 19 Mar (preview price 15 -17 Mar)

2pm matinee on 24 Mar, 31 Mar & 7 Apr
No performance on Fri 6 Apr (Good Friday)

24 Mar, 2pm
Post Show Talk
Edward Kemp in conversation with Simon McBurney

29 Mar
Captioned performance

31 Mar, 2pm
Audio-described performance

Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity)
Performed in English

By Mikhail Bulgakov
Directed by Simon McBurney 
Set Es Devlin
Costume Christina Cunningham
Lighting Paul Anderson
Sound Gareth Fry
Video Finn Ross
3D Animation Luke Halls
Puppetry Blind Summit Theatre
Assistant Directors Sasha Milavic Davies, James Yeatman
Cast includes David Annen, Thomas Arnold, Josie Daxter, Johannes Flaschberger, Tamzin Griffin, Amanda Hadingue, Richard Katz, Sinéad Matthews, Tim McMullan, Clive Mendus, Yasuyo Mochizuki, Ajay Naidu, Henry Pettigrew, Paul Rhys, Cesar Sarachu and Angus Wright
Text by Simon McBurney, Edward Kemp and the company

A Complicite production
Co-produced by Complicite, the Barbican, London; Les Théâtres de la Ville Luxembourg; Festival de Otoño en Primavera, Madrid; Wiener Festwochen; Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Festival d’Avignon in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth

Are you on Facebook? Join our page!

Weekend Workout: Complicite
24 & 25 Mar
A two-day workshop looking at Complicite's approaches to devising theatre from text, led by Catherine Alexander.

This event is part of:
Theatre & Dance - Jan - Sep 2012



why not try

John Akomfrah: Purple
6 Oct 17 - 7 Jan 18 / Curve Gallery
Information info

Magnum Photos Now: The Journey
2 Oct 17 / Frobisher Auditorium 1
Information info