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Marriage - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BALLAST Theatre is presenting Howard Colyer’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, June 24 to Saturday, July 12, 2014.

A man who lives alone is a beast. A beast I am solitary.
So, a woman. A woman’s wanted.
A woman to be a wife. My wife – a woman.

He wants to get married; and he doesn’t want to get married – he doesn’t know what to do. But he has a friend who knows what’s best for everyone.

Marriage is Gogol’s absurd farce about desire, matchmakers, Imperial Russian speed dating and much else besides.

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.

Gogol’s best known plays are The Government Inspector and Marriage, although many of his short stories have been adapted for the stage countless times.

Marriage is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £14, £11 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 7:45pm.

Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval).

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Tom Glover’s one woman, twelve character play, England Expects (May 6 to May 10) and Write Now 5, the Jack’s annual playwriting festival (May 17 to June 7).