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Arcola Theatre, 2012

A warm, tender and wryly charming tale of love behind the Iron Curtain.

Belka Productions was proud to present the UK premiere of this landmark Russian love story, by one of Russia's greatest twentieth-century playwrights.

Love starts to blossom in the hostile terrain of the Soviet bloc when chance brings young Victor to beautiful Polish singer Helya at a concert hall in Moscow. But in Stalin's brutally controlled empire their love simply cannot be, and over the span of two decades of missed opportunities and thwarted beginnings, from Moscow to Warsaw and back again, their passionate desire matures into an altogether different and more moving kind of love.

Already a worldwide sensation having been performed all over Europe, Canada and the United States, Leonid Zorin's timeless story of the fragility and resilience of love in a loveless land finally made its way to the UK in this translation by Franklin Reeve.

Director: Oleg Mirochnikov

Movement Director: Liana Nyquist

Assistant Director: Sophia Stocco

Designer: Agnes Treplin

Lighting Designer: Howard Hudson

Sound Designer: Michael Umney

Script Editor: James Elliott

Musical Arrangements: John White

Choreography: Glen Snowdon

Publicist: Sheridan Humphreys

Set Construction: Kacper Kruglik

Cast: Emily Tucker, Oliver King

★★★★  "It breaks your heart...a memorable portrait of joy, pain and regret."

- The Times, Critics Choice


"An outpouring of frustrations, hopes and romantic memories that is quite stunning."

- The British Theatre Guide


"Director Oleg Mirochnikov succeeds in sweeping us away on this tide of history and romantic love which still has much to tell us about human nature."

- N16 Magazine


"Drenched in Chopinesque romanticism." - The Guardian


"Oliver King is excellent as Victor, and Emily Tucker is skittishly alluring...their ruin is captivating." - The Spectator

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