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Hampstead Theatre
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU

  • Booking Until: Sat, 9 June 2018
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel reports on a Red Cavalry campaign in Poland. In 1936, Stalin’s NKVD chief Nicolai Yezhov unleashes the Great Purge. In 1989, a mysterious KGB agent spying on a woman in Dresden falls in love.

In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes near the Russian city of Smolensk… This darkly comic rhapsody on Russian themes explores the blurred lines between lies, fiction and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet history in search of the genesis of the post-truth world.

Rajiv Joseph is the multi-award winning author of a dozen plays including Guards at the Taj and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Lisa Spirling returns to direct her seventh production at Hampstead; her work elsewhere includes In Event of Moone Disaster (as Artistic Director of Theatre503), Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd) and Here (Rose Theatre Kingston).

Hampstead Theatre

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU

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We have a modern auditorium which has been designed to be as flexible as possible in both staging and seating configurations.

The seating capacity can range up to 325, in a variety of formats. There are two main seating areas: Ground Floor (stalls) and Upstairs (circle). On the Ground Floor there is also a mezzanine level, the back row of which are stool seats: higher seats complete with footrests.

Movable seating blocks also allow for the auditorium to be changed from a more traditional end-on configuration with a raised stage, to thrust or traverse layouts where the audience is level with the performance area.

The forestage can be raised, or lowered to allow for an orchestra pit. The main section of stage can also be raised or lowered to change the relationship between performers and audience or to create a rake on stage, and contains removable sections for creating traps. The auditorium is fully air-conditioned.

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