By Maxim Gorky
In a new version by Dusty Hughes


This was an RSC production that opened at the Other Place theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on 4th April 1985 and played in repertoire for the rest of the Stratford season.

It transferred to the Pit Theatre at the Barbican Centre where it opened in January 1986 and played in repertoire until 25th September.


Director – John Caird
Designer – Tom Cairns
Lighting – Wayne Dowdeswell
Music – Frederic Chopin and John Caird
Sound – John A Leonard
Company Voice Work – Cicely Berry & David Carey
Literal Translation – Helen Rappaport
Stage Manager – Rachel Whitteridge
Deputy Stage Manager – Rachel Artingstall
Assistant Stage Manager – Alastair Duncan


Bessemenov – David Burke
Akulina Ivanovna – Marjory Mason
Pyotr Vasilyevich – Sean Baker
Tatyana Vasilyevna – Fiona Shaw
Nil Vasilyevich – Tom Mannion
Polya – Lesley Manville
Terenty Khrisanfovich Teterev – Clive Russell
Yelena Krivtsova – Anna Calder-Marshall
Perchikhin – Mark Dignam
Shishkin – Christopher Wright
Marya Nikitishna Tsvetayeva – Mary-Jo Randle
Stepanida – Ruby Head
The Doctor – Griffith Jones
A Young Boy – Paul Basson
Peasants – Mary-Jo Randle & Christopher Wright



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