Children of the Sun

by Maxim Gorky
in a new version by Andrew Upton

Howard Davies stages the latest Russian classic to be adapted by Andrew Upton, following their acclaimed collaborations on The Cherry Orchard, Philistines and the Olivier Award-winning The White Guard.

Children of the Sun laboratory scene

Children of the Sun

Travelex £12 Tickets: 350 tickets for every performance are just £12.

Maxim Gorky’s darkly comic play is set in Russia as the country rolls towards revolution. It depicts the new middle-class, foolish yet likable, as they flounder about, philosophising and flirting, blind to their impending annihilation.

Protasov wants only to immerse himself in chemical experiments to perfect mankind. He’s oblivious to the advances of the half-crazed widow and his best friend’s pursuit of his wife, let alone the cholera epidemic and the starving mob.

His admiring circle, variously sceptical and lovesick, spar over culture and the cosmos. Only Liza feels the peasants’ suffering and senses their own privileged world is in jeopardy.


Captioned performance: Mon 20 May at 7:30pm, Sun 9 June 3pm.

Audio-described performance: Fri 28 June at 7:30pm, Sat 29 June at 2:15pm (Touch Tour at 12:45pm)

Travelex £12 Tickets

 

Photo by Richard Hubert Smith, of Lucy Black (Melaniya), Geoffrey Streatfeild (Protasov).

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