Stage Russia: Eugene Onegin (#)

The scene of the duel, Eugene Onegin

The Vakhtangov Theatre's production, starring the incomparable Sergey Makovetskiy in the title role, is a sumptuous work that leaves you with beautiful memories and images to last a lifetime.

Eugene Onegin has often been referred to as an encyclopaedia of 19th century Russian life. Rimas Tuminas’ reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin’s characters. The images are split between past and present, and between reality and imagination.

The scale of the production constantly shifts from noisy celebrations to secluded contemplation, from crowd scenes to lonely recollections, all of which are drawn together from the past just like the fragments of Tatyana’s love letter, framed and hung on the wall, looming next to and above Onegin’s arm-chair.

Referred to as "exuberant, indelible and arrestingly beautiful" New York Times, this stunning production is worth seeing for fervent fans and newcomers alike. 

In Russian with English subtitles

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