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In Context: Russian Comedy on the British Stage

Wednesday 25 May, 2 - 5pm

Wednesday 25 May, 2 - 5pm
Cottesloe Room, Clore Learning Centre
£20 (£15 concessions)

Join us for an afternoon exploring a range of Russian comedy from Nikolai Gogol and Nikolai Erdman to Mikhail Bulgakov and Anton Chekhov. Russian comedy performed in Britain is usually both translated and adapted. How much are they adapted to British comic tastes or is comedy essentially the same whatever the culture? How important to the reception of Russian comedy is the British love for the Russian classics?  And what was the historical and political context of plays such as The Suicide, The Government Inspector and The Bedbug.

These questions will be discussed by speakers including Suhayla El-Bushra, playwright and adaptor of The Suicide, Noah Birksted-Breen, artistic director of Sputnik Theatre Company and chaired by Julie Curtis, Professor of Russian Literature at University of Oxford.