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Dying for It archiveAdapted from Nikolai Erdman's satirical comedy The Suicide. Dying For It centres on Semyon, unemployed, living in the hallway and watching his wife Masha slave all the hours God sends. When his last hope to earn a crust and gain some self-respect disappears, he decides to take his own life. Word gets out of his intention and he finds himself inundated with visitors begging him to die on their behalf. On the night he is to shoot himself they hold a party, at which point events spiral to a glorious climax. Erdman's The Suicide, written in 1928 five years after Stalin took control of the Soviet Union's Communist Party, was an early example of an artistic work coming under the increasingly unforgiving gaze of the Stalinist censor. The play was banned in 1932, before it had even been performed in public - it was not seen in the Soviet Union until 1982.
Performers Tom Brooke (Semyon), Dominic Charles-Rouse (Stepan Vasilievich), Susan Brown (Serafima), Charlie Condou (Viktor), Michelle Dockery (Kleopatra), Barnaby Kay (Alexander), Paul Rider (Yegor), Tony Rohr (Father Yelpidy), Sophie Stanton (Margarita), Ronan Vibert (Aristarch), Liz White (Masha), Gil Cohen-Alloro, Stephen Warbeck.
Author Moira Buffini. Corporate Sponsor Coutts and Co. Producer Almeida Theatre. Director Anna Mackmin. Design Lez Brotherston. Lighting Neil Austin. Sound John Leonard. Choreographer Scarlett Mackmin.

Dying for It

Dying for It (Play) production archive for QTIX code T014875519. Details of all Dying for It archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S994338432

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8 Mar 07
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28 Apr 07
Almeida Theatre
West End
Greater London

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