Lyttelton Theatre, National
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat
Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide is restaged in the capital as interpreted by Suhayla El-Bushra. Her new version of his classic play comes to the Lyttelton National Theatre in June, taking the original setting of communist Russia and relocating it to modern day UK.
Whereas the original focused on the character of Semyon, the new version replaces him with the character of Sam but just like the Erdman version he is at a low point, with employment evading him and benefits drying up he turns to suicide as the possible solution to his problems, but these plans quickly made things worse as someone he knows endeavours to make money from his situation and soon there are bidders betting on his death.
First penned in 1928, The Suicide is a highly regarded Russian play and is cited often amongst work that was penned during the Soviet era. Over the years many adaptations have emerged and some well known performers have taken on the lead roles. As such it is rightly regarded as a classic and this new production from Suhayla El-Bushra will only solidify this status as it adds a new dimension to its story.
El-Bushra is an emerging writer whose work prior to The Suicide has involved various television shows and stage commissions like Pigeons for the Royal Court Theatre.
But she will gain more exposure with this new version of a classic text as it lands on the stage of the Lyttelton National Theatre. The production runs at the South Bank venue in 2016.
|Booking From:||Friday, 24th June 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 25th June 2016|
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