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The Russian Misfortune, adapted from “Woe from Wit”


The Russian Misfortune is an original musical adaptation of the great Russian’s classical comedy "Woe from Wit" by Aleksander Griboyedov. This tribute to a text well-known to all Russians, is full of humour and irony. All the roles are played by young actors who cast a new light on the political context of the time. This adaptation focuses on the social protests and romanticism of Griboyedov’s time, satirising the society of post-Napoleonic Moscow. Griboyedov’s text is interrupted by arias, duets and choruses singing the lyrics by the contemporary poet Vadim Juk, and the music composed by the notorious Russian composer Sergey Nikitin. The director set the scenes in total darkness. Characters, or sometimes only one part of their body emerges from darkness: a hand, a face, an arm... The scene is constantly occupied by a dozen actors where five of them play the main characters. The staging follows the rule of Broadway’s "swing”; where actors, singers and dancers share the stage.

Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Moscow Theatre - School of Modern Drama
  • Country
  • Russia
  • Parental rating
  • Parental rating information not available.
  • Duration
  • 135 minutes
  • Original language
  • Russian
  • Year
  • 2014
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Musical

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