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Intrigue and Love


Roman Viktyuk first staged Schiller’s tragedy in 1969, at the Young Spectators’ Theater in Kalinin. The performance was full of passion and compassion of the young characters, struggling for their love.

The 2011 version of Kabale und Liebe (Intrigue and Love) is a completely different staging: tough, uncompromising, ironic, full of irresoluble contradictions and tragical enlightenments. The performance is full of cultural parallels and associations with the present day. Here, blatant shamelessness coexists with astonishing modesty, cowardice with love and maliciousness with indiscriminate forgiveness. In this work, Viktyuk makes the audience reflect on the absurdity of loveless existence and the meaninglessness of bowing to social phantoms. The director is cruel and pure in his scenic messages, but always theatrical, bright and contemporaneous.

Ferdinand is an army major and son of President von Walter, a high-ranking noble in a German duke's court, while Luise Miller is the daughter of a middle-class musician. The couple fall in love with each other, but both their fathers tell them to end their affair. The president instead wants to expand his own influence by marrying off his son Ferdinand to Lady Milford, the duke's mistress. However, Ferdinand rebels against his father's plan and tries to persuade Luise to elope with him.

Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Roman Viktyuk Theatre
  • Country
  • Russia
  • Parental rating
  • Not recommended for children under 16
  • Duration
  • 140 minutes
  • Original language
  • Russian
  • Year
  • 2015
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Drama

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