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Platform Theatre

"I must have lost my mind. It was like an eclipse... or rather, as if we had both suffered some kind of sunstroke."

A blisteringly hot Russian summer: a Muscovite banker meets a solitary married woman on the Russian Riviera; a dashing lieutenant on board a holiday steamer has a chance encounter with a beautiful young woman. In the intoxicating heat, passions burn high and their lives are changed forever. 

Two of the great masters of Russian literature, Anton Chekhov and Ivan Bunin, explore the bittersweet nature of love outside marriage, its romantic idealism and the painful realisation of irreversible loss.

Chekhov's The Lady with the Dog and Bunin's Sunstroke were dynamically adapted for the stage for the first time by Belka Productions.

Director: Oleg Mirochnikov

Co-Director & Movement: Liana Nyquist

Associate Director: Sophia Stocco

Designer: Agnes Treplin

Lighting Designer: Howard Hudson

Sound Designer: Michael Umney

Projection Design: Simon Eves

Projection Design Assistant: Annalisa Terranova

Technician: Alex Hopkins

Costume Assistants: Claire Blake & Yueer Zhang

Operator: Diana Fraser

Production Manager: David Leigh-Pemberton

Cast: Rosy Benjamin, Stephen Pucci, Oliver King, Katia Elizarova,  

Masumi Saito

"Thought-provoking, mournful and altogether enchanting." 

Russian Art & Culture


 "A beautifully textured conflation of romantic Russian dalliances"

Donald Hutera, The Times


 "Leaves a poignant and lasting impression... a captivating representation of love" 

A Younger Theatre


"An intriguing, inventive and intertwined performance... fascinating"

The Lady

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