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A classic Russian tale which traces the story of someone moving from the rural life of the provinces to the pomp of St Petersburg. Looks at class divides, unrequited love and bitter regrets.

Conceived with breathtaking beauty and poetic poignancy by one of Russia's most prestigious companies, this is the first-ever theatrical adaptation of Pushkin's novel in verse. From Moscow to the country estate, Pushkin's world materialises through magnificent visual imagery, exquisite movement and larger-than-life characterisation. Russian and French folk songs, in combination with the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Offenbach, serve to enhance an underlying mood of melancholy lightened by moments of playfulness and wit. Artistic Director of Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre since 2007, Rimas Tuminas's dramatisation features a 45-strong ensemble, including the formidable Russian actresses Galina Konovalova and Yulia Borisova. Running time: 3hrs 15mins including an interval. Age guidance 14+. Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

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