4th April 1985

The Other Place Theatre, RSC

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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.


Written by Maxim Gorky
In a new version byDusty Hughes

Creative Team

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


Vasily Vasilyevich Bessemenov David Burke
Akulina Ivanovna, his wife Marjory Mason
Pyotr Vasilyevich, their son Sean Baker
Tatyana Vasilyevna, their daughter Fiona Shaw
Nil Vasilyevich, their foster-son Tom Mannion
Perchikhin, a distant relative Mark Dignam
Polya, his daughter Lesley Manville
Yelena Krivtsova Anna Calder-Marshall
Terenty Khrisanfovich Teterev Clive Russell
Shishkin Christopher Wright
Marya Nikitishna Tsvetayeva (Masha) Mary-Jo Randle
Stepanida Ruby Head
The Doctor Griffith Jones
A Young Boy Paul Basson
Peasants Mary-Jo Randle / Christopher Wright


MusicianJohn Woolf