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Stage Russia: The Suicide (15*)

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Stage Russia: The Suicide

When a young man has reached the end of his tether, there are plenty willing to push him over the edge in the name of their cause. 

Sergey Zhenovach's adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's comedy centres around a young, unemployed man desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. Flattered by this noteriety  but panicked at the prospect of actually having to go through with it, he must find a way out that somehow leaves his dignity intact. 

The play, originally written in 1928, forms a link in Russian literary history between the satirical mastery of Nikolai Gogol and the post-World War II Theatre of the Absurd.

180 mins including one 15 min interval

In Russian with English subtitles

Stage adaptation and direction - Sergey Zhenovach
Set Design -  Alexander Borovsky
Lighting Design - Damir Ismagilov
Composer - Grigory Gobernik


Peter Moore playing trombone

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Barbican Cinema 2