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Salome

Oscar Wilde
Premiere: April 1998 | Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes | No intermission | 18+

About

Along with The Maids, Salome is Roman Viktyuk’s signature production. Made in red and black, it leaves just as strong a visual impression as it does dramatically.

Roman Viktyuk decided to create a joint piece, intertwining elements of Oscar Wilde’s biography into this famous play. The story of Salome is interjected by tribunal scenes in which Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde is under trial for indecency and sodomy. The leading actor, Dmitry Bozin, performs in two roles: he is Salome, the eponymous Jewish princess, while in the court scenes he appears as Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde’s love and reason for his downfall.

Oscar Wilde’s 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 (starring Alice Koonen as Salome and Nikolai Tseretelli as Iokanaan, directed by Alexander Tairov).

Following Tairov, Roman Viktyuk turned Wilde’s Salome into a fascinating parable about artist’s path in the world, where love exists only in the vicinity of death.

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Artistic team

Author OSCAR WILDE Translation KONSTANTIN BALMONT EKATERINA ANDREEVA Director ROMAN VIKTYUK
Set Designer VLADIMIR BOER Costume Designer VLADIMIR BUKHINNIK Choreographer ALLA DUHOVA
Movement Director YURIY SYSOEV Assistant Director SERGEY TEREHOV Make-up Designer VADIM EZHIHIN
Sound Director LIUDMILA PLATONOVA Assistant Director GALINA MUCHIEVA

Cast and Characters

Lord Alfred Douglas, Salome, jewish princess DMITRY BOZIN Oscar Wilde Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Judea ALEKSANDR DZUBA
Lady Wilde Herodias, Wife of the Tetrarch LYUDMILA POGORELOVA The young Syrian IVAN IVANOVICH Judge, The page of Herodias SERGEY ZAKHARIN
Robert Ross, Iokanaan IVAN NIKULCHA Taylor, First soldier STANISLAV MOTYREV Tigellin, witness on trial MIHAIL RUDENKO Angel of Death Witness on trial, Warrior KONSTANTIN AVDEYEV Second soldier VALERIY SEHPOSOV
Witnesses on trial, Warriors URIY PONOMARENKO IGOR TENSIN MIHAIL URYANSKIY NAIL' ABDRAHMANOV ANTON DANILENKO ALEKSANDR TITORENKO

Press

The most sultry, languid, spicy play of all perfomances, that are playing in town this summer, is Roman Viktyuk’s “Salome”. – Elena Kovalskaya, “Afisha”.