Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE Lyric Hammersmith is to play host to the
National Youth Theatre (NYT) this Summer, as part of a season
of work entitled, Young: Uncensored.
Two works, The Master and Margarita, written
by Mikhail Bulgakov, and adapted for the stage by David Rudkin,
and Faliraki - The Greek Tragedy are to be performed
at the theatre and studio respectively.
Written during the Marxist rule of
the Thirties, The Master and Margarita was initially
kept hidden for fear of life-threatening reprisals to author,
Described as 'a panoramic stage carnival of pandemonium and release',
the production is as surreal as the original with a 7ft-tall shape
shifter, a red-haired hood sporting white eyes and fang and a
talking, overly-large tomcat aiding and abetting an illegal immigrant
with evil intent, known simply as 'the Professor'.
Inevitably, this odd assortment affects the lives of the local
community, in particular of the eponymous Margarita who, in order
to see her imprisoned playwrite lover, The Master, enters into
an unwholesome arrangement with the Professor.
The Master and Margarita runs from August 20 to September 11.