Dead Letter Perfect in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of
By Olivia Olsen
Directed by Robin Herford
Cast includes: Olivia Olsen, Ben Porter and Ian Redford.
Off West End Nominations: MALE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY Ian Redford, MOST PROMISING NEW PLAYWRIGHT Olivia Olsen, SOUND DESIGN Harry Johnson
'Producers Dead Letter Perfect say they want to produce ‘good stories, well told’... Stray Dogs certainly fits that description' ★★★★ West End Wilma
'Ian Redford is brilliant as Stalin: large, bombastic and casually sadistic' ★★★★ Ham & High
Russia. 1940. A land gripped by fear; where language is a weapon - where poetry is power.
Anna Akhmatova, the most celebrated poet of her generation, has lost her first husband to the purges and her son to state prison, where he awaits execution. Now, Stalin, the tyrant responsible for the murder of everyone close to her, wants a favour…
Plunged so far into obscurity she is believed to be dead, Anna is offered a renewal of life when the Russian/British philosopher Isaiah Berlin risks the hazards behind the iron curtain to find her. But in a world where poetry is a force that can control and move masses for good or ill, which side of the curtain will her loyalty lead her? How far will she go to save a life? How far will she go to save herself?
Based on true events, Stray Dogs depicts the story of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century, as she must choose between her duty to her son, her country, her art and herself. This urgent and relevant play explores the nature of tyranny and how it affects both the political landscape of the past and the present.
2 hours 5 mins approx. inc. interval
Interval - Yes
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Previews: 13 - 14 Nov
Plays: 13 Nov - 7 Dec
Press Night: Fri 15 Nov 19.00
Mon – Sat Evening 19.45
Thu & Sat Matinees 15.15
Thu 21 Nov 19.45
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Child (Under 16) £13*
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13 - 20 Nov
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*Telephone booking fee: 10% (capped at £2.50 per ticket)
Please be advised this show contains menace, aggression & adult themes