Bloody civil war in Alexander Pushkin’s epic Boris Godunov at Brockley Jack Theatre

Boris Godunov

Ballast Theatre is staging Alexander Pushkin’s Boris Godunov at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from January 13.

The Russian epic about civil war, lies, deception, rumours and betrayal has been adapted by the venue’s first writer-in-residence, Howard Colyer.

The story is set in 16th century Moscow. Ivan the Terrible is dead, as are all his sons, and now, with seeming reluctance, Boris Godunov wears the crown.

But word spreads that Dimitry, the prince thought to be murdered, is alive and gathering an army to overthrow Russia’s government.

Howard Colyer

Colyer’s residency runs until spring 2016. He has previously adapted Gogol’s stories, Diary of a Madman and The Overcoat for performance at the Jack Studio.

His adaptation of Marriage opened there in June this year and he is currently working on a new version of The Government Inspector.

The Jack’s executive producer, Karl Swinyard, said: “The Jack has a strong tradition of supporting playwrights, and of promoting and presenting new writing throughout the year.

We present an annual new writing festival, Write Now, for playwrights with an association to the area, and also run regular Scratch Nights as well as the Jack Writers’ Workshop for playwrights with scripts in development.

Howard Colyer’s appointment as playwright in residence continues the venue’s strong association with this writer, who has had nine plays produced at the venue”.

Following Boris Godunov the writer’s original plays, Without Reluctance and Without Relief, will be performed at the south London venue.

Boris Godunov runs from January 13 – 31.

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