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Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita



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, Bulgakov.

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.

 

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