One of the most powerful and characteristic of Viktyuk’s style productions, Salome is made in red and black colours.
Roman Viktyuk included the biography Oscar Wilde into his famous play. The leading actor of the theatre Dmitrii Bozin plays here two parts – Jewish princess Salome and Alfred Douglas, love to whom had ruined Oscar Wilde’s life.
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) – a genious Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. His The Ballad of Reading Gaol attractes more and more admirers. The mystery of his novel Picture of Dorian Gray still excites imagination of romantics of all ages. And confessional sincerity of epistle De Profondis impresses and gives an opportunity to think about the core of human existence.
The poetic tragedy Salome was banned in Russia by royal censorship, but in 1917 it was staged by two theatres at the same time: Maly Theatre (the main part was played by Olga Gzovskaya) and Kamerny Theatre (Salome – Alice Koonen, Iokanaan – Nikolai Tseretelli, designer – Aleksandra Ekster, director Alexsander Tairov).
Following Tairov Roman Viktyuk turned Wilde’s Salome into fascinating parable about artist’s path in the world, where love exists in the vicinity of death. Nowadays Salome has become an id card of Roman Viktyuk’s theatre, vividly showing the director’s unique style.
Cast and Characters
Lord Alfred Douglas,
Salome, jewish princess
Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Judea
Herodias, Wife of the Tetrarch
The young Syrian
Judge, The page of Herodias
Robert Ross, Iokanaan
Taylor, First soldier
Tigellin, witness on trial
Angel of Death
Witness on trial, Warrior
Witnesses on trial, Warriors
The most sultry, languid, spicy play of all perfomances, that are playing in town this summer, is Roman Viktyuk’s “Salome”.
– Elena Kovalskaya, “Afisha”.