Eugene Onegin
Drama

Barbican

Eugene Onegin

18 Feb 2015 - 21 Feb 2015

£10.00 - £55.00

Pro reviewers rating
7 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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Conceived with breathtaking beauty and poetic poignancy by one of Russia’s most prestigious companies, this is the first-ever theatrical adaptation of Pushkin’s novel in verse.

Holding true to the essence of the beloved literary work, a sweeping tale of unrequited love, disillusionment, forgiveness and remorse unfolds in 19th-century Russia.

From Moscow to the country estate, Pushkin’s world materialises through magnificent visual imagery, exquisite movement and larger-than-life characterisation. Russian and French folk songs, in combination with the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Offenbach, serve to enhance an underlying mood of melancholy lightened by moments of playfulness and wit.

Artistic Director of Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre since 2007, Rimas Tuminas’s dramatisation features a 45-strong ensemble.

Sold-out for over a year in Moscow, the highly stylised, quintessentially Russian production received the 2014 Golden Mask Award for Best Director.

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Barbican [Off West End]

“Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia brings Pushkin's novel to the stage for the first time. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Magnificent and arrestingly strange. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Moscow's Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre bring a huge, surreal version of Pushkin's great verse novel to the Barbican.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Visually thrilling staging of Pushkin’s epic poem”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“It’s epic yet intimate, and stunningly beautiful; it’s also hefty and occasionally bewildering.”

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

“After a while one moves beyond [the production's] exuberantly ostentatious form and simply appreciates the content. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Rimas Tuminas’s production, though witty and full of memorable, inventive imagery, misses some of Pushkin’s deft lightness. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

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