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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”.