Where: Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
What is it?
Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out run in 2009, Walking Thoughts are returning to Pushkin House with Marcelle Maurette’s classic before transferring to Russia in 2013 for the celebrations marking 400 years of the Romanov dynasty. Set in the drawing room of the beautiful Grade II listed house, this intimate performance of Anastasia is an exploration of the trauma, suffering and loss not only of a royal family but of a Russian generation.
Ten years after the murder of the Tsar and his family at Yekaterinburg, rumours are flying amongst the Russian exiles that one of the Tsar’s children survived the firing squad. Taking advantage of this collective hope, three businessmen 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 and 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. But who is she and where is she from?
Walking Thoughts Theatre Company was set up to combine the best of British and Russian theatre traditions. Their intention is to bring Russian-themed plays, particularly those dealing with the extraordinary events of the twentieth century, to British theatres and to rehearse the plays in the meticulous style that is the practice in Russia.
More info: Visit www.pushkinhouse.org/en and for the box office phone 020 7269 9770.