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Diary of a Madman - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BALLAST Theatre is presenting Howard Colyer’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story, Diary of a Madman, at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, August 26 to Saturday, August 30, 2014.

He is a clerk; he feels himself to be a great man; others do not; between this gap his madness grows. He becomes difficult in the office; he becomes difficult at home. And, at last, his imperial ambition drives him abroad to Deptford.

In this adaptation, the setting is transported to London.

Nikolai Gogol was born on April 1, 1809, in a village in the Ukraine, and died on March 4, 1852 in Moscow. Despite his short life he wrote stories, plays and one novel that made him famous throughout the world, and his popularity endures. His work combines comedy, absurdity and tragedy, and he stands at the head of a vital strain of Russian literature.

His best known plays are The Government Inspector and Marriage, but many of his short stories have been adapted for the stage countless times as they are eminently theatrical.

Diary of a Madman is directed by Scott Le Crass and performed by David Bromley.

Diary of a Madman is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 booking charge for phone sales only) or online at

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm.

Running Time: 55 minutes (no interval).

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: DogOrange’s production of Chekhov’s final masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard (until August 2, 2014); and Killed: July 17th 1916, which commemorates the centenary of World War One (August 5 to August 9, 2014).