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Suddenly, Last Summer

Tennessee Williams
Premiere: 28 October 2016 | Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes | No intermission | 16+

About

Tennessee Williams would have turned 105 years old in 2016. To commemorate the great American playwright, Roman Viktyuk decided to produce his last and possibly most daring play, Suddenly, Last Summer. 

Roman Viktyuk has made a name for himself as one of the first Russian directors to successfully tackle the depth and symbolism of the works of Tennessee Williams. His legendary production of The Rose Tattoo starring Irina Miroshnichenko remained in the repertory of the Moscow Art Theatre for 26 years.

Suddenly, Last Summer has been staged in Russia a few times but Viktyuk’s take on it is the first one to highlight the themes of anguish and redemption as being central to the play. Viktyuk’s production is a journey into the subconscious of Tennessee Williams, examining the ideas of eternal youth and adoration of beauty, as well as desire, so present in Williams’s writing with his search for purity of sexual fascination.

Once again, Roman Viktyuk presents us with epic theatre, full of energy and poetry. And once again, he brings out his protagonists into light, saving them from stepping off the balancing line between good and evil.

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Artistic team

Author TENNESSEE WILLIAMS Director ROMAN VIKTYUK
Adaptation and Russian translation VIKTOR DENISOV Costume designer DIMITRY DEMIN
Sound designer LIUDMILA PLATONOVA Ligting designer SERGEY SKORNETSKY
Assistant director ANDREY BOROVIKOV  

Cast and Characters

Mrs. Venable Honorary artist of the Russian Federation LIUDMILA POGORELOVA
Catherine Honorary artist of the Russian Federation EKATERINA KARPUSHINA
Doctor Cukrowicz MIKHAIL POLOVENKO George NIKITA KOSTOCHKO
Mrs. Grace Holly MARIA KAZNACHEEVA Sister Felicity MARIA MATTO

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