Ukrainian culture stars in St James Russian drama fest

Ward of the Manor

London’s St James Theatre is set to play host to four plays from Lesya Ukrainka, Kiev’s National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama, that will run at the venue this September.

The cycle of four plays, Ward of the Manor, My Mocking Happiness, Life’s Little Nothings and Don Juan, will be performed in Russian and live, dubbed in to English by a translator who will be present in the auditorium.

The plays are part of a festival of events taking place at the St. James Theatre which will celebrate Ukrainian culture, giving British audiences a rare chance to acquaint themselves with some of the country’s cultural masterpieces as well as its developing modern arts scene.

Ward Of The Manor, directed by Mikhail Reznikovich, is a new translation of Ivan Turgenev’s comedic drama Fortune’s Fool.

True nobility doesn’t reside in mere titles. Dark secrets are revealed and the lives of a family are changed forever.

My Mocking Happiness

My Mocking Happiness, by Leonid Malyugin, is based on the letters of Anton Chekhov and is drawn from the writer’s personal correspondence with his wife, Olga Knipper-Chekhova, and close friend, Lika Mizinova.

Life’s Little Nothings is based on Chekhov short stories A Daughter of Albion, A Tripping Tongue, Difficult People, A Happy Man and The Wallet.

Each of the five episodes is separated by brief interludes of authentic, classic Russian romance tunes.

Don Juan

Don Juan

Noted early 20th century Ukrainian poet Lesya Ukrainka offers an original, authentically Ukrainian take on this timeless story of conflict between freedom and authority.

The festival runs from September 9-18. For full listings, dates and times go to www.stjamestheatre.co.uk

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