Thursday, 12 April 2012

PLAY: Anastasia at Pushkin House, London

Mon 26 March 2012 – 7.30pm
Language: In English

Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm 
Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th (only) matinees at 3pm
Anastasia by Marcelle Maurette – Presented by Walking Thoughts
“ gripping, momentum-maintaining stuff… a richly rewarding treat”
**** Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard.

Back by popular demand
This hugely successful, sell-out play which captivated Russian and English speaking audiences alike in 2009/2010 returns for a strictly limited run this Easter. See it now before it tours to Russia in 2013 as part of the Romanov 400th anniversary celebrations.
The whole first floor of Pushkin House will become the setting of this honest and beautiful exploration of the suffering, loss and also hope not only of a royal family but an entire Russian generation.

The plot
Berlin, 1928. Ten years after the murder of the Tsar and his family at Ekaterinburg. The city is awash with disposessed Russians. Grand Dukes and Princesses scrape a living and long for their motherland. When rumours arise that one of the Tsar’s children survived the firing squad, three men decide to take advantage of the collective hope. They plot to gain access to the murdered Tsar’s millions by passing off a disturbed girl as the survivor. The girl is a fast learner, she makes a convincing Anastasia Nikolaevna, they just have to fool the Tsar’s mother – the Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna – and the money will be theirs.

“You absolutely must come and see Walking Thoughts’ production of Anastasia… it’s wonderful to be right up close to this professional cast”
Julian Gallant, who saw the show in 2009

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