Smile upon Us, Lord


Smile upon Us, Lord

08 Feb 2018 - 03 Mar 2018

£16.00 - £100.00

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6 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

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Efraim, an elderly stonecutter, journeys from his shtetl to Vilnius when he learns his son is awaiting trial for the attempted assassination of the governor-general there. Accompanied by his compatriots, they face calamitous setbacks on the way to their ‘promised land’.

Adapted from two novels by Lithuanian-born writer Grigory Kanovich

Performed in Russian with English surtitles

Ages 14+

(Reviewed in Moscow in Jan 2018)


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“A haunting, intensely atmospheric work, a sort of brooding existential road trip with several good jokes and a primal sorrow.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Dreamlike, moving and mesmeric production... A visual richness... The performances are wonderfully physical.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Deeply inspiring... A dreamy, ruminative road-trip... its spacious rhythms handled with a haunting musicality.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Soulful and intriguing... playful theatricality... Requires patience... but beneath its strange dreaminess... quietly ferocious.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Visually striking with huge, near-clowning performances... humour ranging from the poker-faced sardonic to the overtly surreal.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“A curiosity – a period piece that carries a modern conscience; a hefty throwback to the theatre of the 20th century.”

Claire Armitstead (Guardian)

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