With the Sovremennik Theatre Company offering up two productions from the pen of Anton Chekhov in 2011 – Three Sisters and Cherry Orchard – Into the Whirlwind sets itself apart for being a story of a very different kind. Based on the memoirs of Eugenia Ginzberg it follows her struggle in the Soviet Union at the time of Joseph Stalin’s rule. It promises to be something a little different during the brief season at the Noel Coward Theatre, whilst also allowing London audiences the chance to witness the work of an acclaimed Company, which has been wowing audiences in Moscow since it formed in the 1950s.
The Noel Coward Theatre is used to hosting some compelling productions, with the play Deathtrap appearing over the 2010/2011 Christmas season and Million Dollar Quartet set to appear in February, though its season of Russian productions will see it present something unique to those in the capital. With “Into the Whirlwind”, for example, they will briefly get the chance to witness some of the drama and turmoil of living in Russia under the rule of a tyrant.
Ginzburg was sentenced to a period of time in prison during this era and she eventually chronicled her struggle in the memoir “Journey into the Whirlwind”, which was published for English-language readers in 1967. It depicts her time behind bars, which was extended to almost two decades working in a labour camp, and the hope and determination that managed to carry her through her ordeal. In fact, it was her surprisingly happy demeanour in the face of such a damning court case that managed to shock and surprise those that saw her. So “Into the Whirlwind” is a story of great courage as Ginzburg endures torture and intense questioning.
Ginzburg would be released from captivity in 1955 following the death of Stalin and the book was published over a decade after her ordeal, with a second volume also appearing two years after her death in 1977. However, it became a well known piece of work and managed to highlight the horrors that people faced in the Gulag during Stalin’s rule.
London theatre audiences can witness Into the Whirlwind as it runs at the Noel Coward Theatre on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd January 2011.
|Booking From:||Friday, 21st January 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 22nd January 2011|
|Evenings:||Friday and Saturday 7pm|
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