Bliss


When 'victorious' Nikita returns home from the brutal Russian civil war, he attempts to start a new life balanced precariously between his drunken father Mikhail, and his new wife Lyuba, the feisty young girl he remembers from his school days.
Bliss at Finborough Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Finborough Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Closes: Saturday 13 June 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


The world premiere co-production direct from performances in Russia.


A world premiere of a new play by multi-award-winning dramatist Fraser Grace in a British-Russian co-production, direct from performances in Russia, Bliss opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited three-week season on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.


Synopsis


"It's good to see you're alive.

Good to know not all the ghosts in the streets are enemies ..."


1920. Russia. Winter.


When 'victorious' Nikita returns home from the brutal Russian civil war, he attempts to start a new life balanced precariously between his drunken father Mikhail, and his new wife Lyuba, the feisty young girl he remembers from his school days.


When Nikita fails to consummate his marriage - all the while aware that he is being watched by a mysterious figure - he is sent into a spin of alternative universes.


When he finally emerges in a new town further along the Potudan River, he is at first amusingly adopted and put to work by market traders, only to be then accused of a crime 'against the Soviet State'.


And the local Communist Party Investigator is summoned …


Based on a short story by the brilliant but little-known Russian writer Andrey Platonov (1899-1951), Bliss is a colourful and strangely heart-warming kaleidoscope of song, laughter and magic, as the survivors of years of devastating war and political revolution all search for their 'bliss' in the cold toxic reality of life in post war Soviet Russia.


And they start to comprehend how a society needs time to recover from catastrophe, how real love has both passionate and practical faces, and how the future is only built by those who manage to survive their past …


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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 27 May 2020

Press night:Thursday 28 May 2020

Closes:Saturday 13 June 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Saturday - 3-00pm

Sunday - 3-00pm


Tickets


Previews:
£14

Standard:

Prices until 7 June 2020:

£18

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.


Prices from 9 June 2020:

Tickets £20

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats. 


Concessions:

Prices until 7 June 2020:

£16 concessions


£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.


£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 30 May 2020 when booked online only.


Prices from 9 June 2020:

£18 concessions


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Cast


To be announced

Creatives


Author: Fraser Grace
Composer: Michaela Polokova
Director: Paul Bourne
Designer: Paul Bourne
Sound: Michaela Polokova
Production: Menagerie and The Platonov International Festival in association with Neil McPherson for Finborough Theatre

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