The Kreutzer Sonata


The Kreutzer Sonata

06 Jul 2016 - 23 Jul 2016

£10.00 - £19.00

Pro reviewers rating
7 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

A man on a train is flooded with memories. Soon he is confessing to a terrible crime.

But though his circumstances are strange, his claim is even stranger: that the fault lies with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata…

Tolstoy‘s The Kreutzer Sonata became instantly notorious on publication, and was banned in both Russia and America for its radical views on sex and marriage. In Harris's new stage adaptation the actor is accompanied by two musicians, realising Tolstoy’s lifelong wish for a performance of the story with live music.

A tale of haunting intensity, delicious humour and musical echoes of the master.

Transfers to Arcola following a critically-acclaimed run at The Theatre Chipping Norton.


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“Hicks gives us an outstandingly slippery performance... So engaging you're invited to think in far broader terms than Tolstoy's ”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“Excellent revival... an astonishing performance from Hicks... A riveting portrait of a mind diseased by sexual jealousy. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Horribly compelling... Hicks, in a splendid tour de force, makes you pity Pozdnyshev even as you morally recoil from him. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Gripping staging... Brings out the malignity... Turbulent, provocative... Hicks thrusts every line home like a dagger. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Brilliantly adapted... Will keep you fascinated, absorbed and progressively horrified... A phenomenal performance by Hicks. ”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“Redeemed by its climax hits a fair few bum notes along the way... Hicks has a vitality that compensates for the static direction”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“A whining caricature of female-kind... The unexpected violence of Beethoven’s music makes for moments of seething intensity. ”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

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