The Kreutzer Sonata
From: Thursday, 5th November 2009
To: Saturday, 19 December 2009
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Tolstoy’s provocative novella about death, desire and Beethoven. A man boards a train and in the confined space of the carriage potent memories are triggered. Soon he is confessing to a terrible crime, one for which he holds Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata responsible.
Michael Coveney - 11 November 2009
Tolstoy’s great “confession on a train” novella has been brilliantly adapted for the theatre by writer Nancy Harris and director Natalie Abrahami, cutting to the chase half way through the story when the town councillor Pozdynyshev turns to the audience (in the book, he turns to the narrator) in the railway compartment and confides that he’s not a music lover.
The show then exposes his engulfment by the dangerous tide of emotion unleashed by his wife’s performance at the piano of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, accompanying the violinist Trukhachevski, an old friend he has invited into the house of his failing marriage.
The mystery of music surrounding his surge of jealousy is quite amazingly well conveyed by Hilton McRae as the wife-abusing Pozdynshev, coming hard on the heels of his superb and equally well-observed television portrait of the alleged child-abuser Gary Glitter in a somewhat dubious television documentary drama with a simil...
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