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VenueAlmeida Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From8th March 2007
Opened15th March 2007
To28th April 2007
PricesFrom £6.00. To £29.50.
What is currently on at Almeida Theatre (V166)

Dying for It

Dying for ItT014875519
Adapted 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.
Author Moira Buffini

Archive :: production:T014875519, play:S994338432, venue:V166

Production details

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.


Corporate Sponsor Coutts and Co
Producer Almeida Theatre
Director Anna Mackmin
Design Lez Brotherston
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound John Leonard
Choreographer Scarlett Mackmin
Performer Tom Brooke (Semyon)
Performer Dominic Charles-Rouse (Stepan Vasilievich)
Performer Susan Brown (Serafima)
Performer Charlie Condou (Viktor)
Performer Michelle Dockery (Kleopatra)
Performer Barnaby Kay (Alexander)
Performer Paul Rider (Yegor)
Performer Tony Rohr (Father Yelpidy)
Performer Sophie Stanton (Margarita)
Performer Ronan Vibert (Aristarch)
Performer Liz White (Masha)
Performer Gil Cohen-Alloro
Performer Stephen Warbeck

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