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The Master and Margarita

Ivan Bezdomny’s Dreams, Roman Viktyuk's adaptation of Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Premiere: 25 October 2001| Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes | No intermission | 16+

About

Mikhail Bulgakov worked on the novel The Master and Margarita for over 10 years. The completed version of the Novel about the Devil the writer personally burned in 1930. This was followed by several editions of the new text, which already featured Master and Margarita. Of course, the publication of the novel in the late 1930s – during the orgy of Stalinist repression – could not be considered. Samizdat text (clandestine copies of suppressed literature) has long passed from hand to hand, and only in 1966 with significant cuts it was published in the Moscow Journal.

When working on a play based on The Master and Margarita Roman Viktyuk took into account political context of that time and the motives of the early editions of Bulgakov’s text. This is the third appeal of the director to famous novel. Compared with previous versions, there is less romance and more philosophical understanding of the phenomenon of the Stalinist era. The narrator in the play is poet Ivan Bezdomny (Homeless). And everything that happens on stage resembles the ritual of destruction of tyrants from the Soviet past.

One of the main themes of Roman Viktyuk’s works – incompatibility of love and slavery, – takes an unexpected continuation in this production, that is the love for the Master and Margarita means suffering and pain. A totalitarian society doesn’t leave people the right for feelings; it enslaves them and turns them into pathetic puppets.

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Artistic team

Author
MIKHAIL BULGAKOV

Director:
ROMAN VIKTYUK

Set designer
VLADIMIR BOER

Costume designer
EVGENIYA PANFILOVA

Choreographer
ARTUR OSCHEPKOV

Assistant director
EKATERINA KOMISSAROVA

Make-up designer
VADIM EZHIKHIN

Sound designer
LUDMILA PLATONOVA

Lighting designer
TATIANA POLYAKOVA

Stage manager
GALINA MUCHIEVA

Cast and Characters

The Master, Pontius Pilate
MIKHAIL FATEEV

Margarita
hon. artist of the Russian Federation
EKATERINA KARPUSHINA

Woland
hon. artist of the Russian Federation
DMITRY BOZIN

Ivan Bezdomny, Yeshua Ha-Nozri
IGOR NEVEDROV

Hella
hon. artist of the Russian Federation
LIUDMILA POGORELOVA

Koroviev
VALERY SEKHPOSOV
KONSTANTIN AVDEEV

Azazello
IVAN NIKULCHA

Behemoth
MIKHAIL RUDENKO
KONSTANTIN AVDEEV

Berlioz
hon. artist of the Russian Federation
OLEG ISAEV