Life and Fate

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Multi-award winning theatre company Maly Drama Theatre return to the West End for the first time in over a decade, bringing two of their most celebrated productions to London. Playing a strictly limited engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, their acclaimed production of Life and Fate makes its UK premiere at the venue.

Based on Vasily Grossman’s novel, Life and Fate is adapted for the stage for the very first time, and has toured the world to huge acclaim since its premiere in 2007. Drawing on the parallels between Nazism and Soviet Communism, the play follows Jewish family the Shtrums, as they await their fate in a world rocked by tyranny and war.

Set in 1943, the play examines the harrowing stories behind Nazi concentration camps, the Gulags of Siberia and the Soviet nuclear programme. Life and Fate sees the famous Battle of Stalingrad loom overhead, and as war is on the brink, the family must figure out their destinies before it is ultimately too late.

Described as ‘the finest ensemble theatre in Europe’ by Peter Brook, Olivier Award-winning group Maly Drama Theatre has been led by Artistic Director Lev Dodin for 35 years. Life and Fate earned the Golden Mask Award for Best Play, and has been seen across the world.

Casting includes Sergey Kuryshev as Viktor Shtrum, Tatiana Shestakova as Anna Shtrum, Elena Solomonova as Lyudmila, Daria Rumyantseva as Nadia and Elizaveta Boyarskaya as Genia. Further cast members are Alexander Koshkarev, Alexy Zybarev, Andrey Kondratyev, Artur Kozin, Igor Chernevich, Igor Ivanov, Ivan Chepura, Nikita Vasilev, Oleg Dmitriev, Oleg Gayanov, Oleg Ryanzantsev, Pavel Gryaznov, Sergei Kozyrev, Sergey Seregin, Sergey Vlasov, Stanislav Nikolskii, Vladimir Seleznev and Vladimir Zahariev.

Coming to London for the first time, the gripping production plays a limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, from May 8th to May 20th 2018. Other productions in the season include the company’s celebrated interpretation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

Please note that Life and Fate is performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Child Friendly?

Life and Fate contains adult themes and nudity, and is therefore recommended for those aged 16 and up.

Seating Tips

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