SplitMoon Theatre is staging a new, site-specific, production of Demons at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, later this month.
Dramatised from Dostoevsky’s novel by Peter Stürm, who also directs, the site-responsive show will run from October 25 and coincide with the Centenary of the Russian Revolution.
Demons is Dostoevsky’s prophetic vision of the Russian Revolution, and the subsequent bloodshed under the Soviet regimes.
Inspired by the 1869 murder of the student Ivanov by his former co-conspirators, it warns of the seductive lure and fatal consequences of ideologies.
Dostoevsky’s tragic satire vividly portrays the impact of radical, nihilist and populist ideas on a provincial town and echoes with particular resonance in today’s political landscape.
Peter Stürm, artistic director of SplitMoon Theatre, said: “Dostoevsky’s Demons has been an obsession for many years.
“Its grotesque situations, and its carnivalesque characters baring their souls, have always fascinated me.
“What better place than the atmospheric setting of St Leonard’s, with its eerie galleries, staircases and tombs, to drive these Demons out and cleanse our times?”
Peter’s most recent directing credit in London was SplitMoon’s production of Brecht’s In The Jungle of Cities at the Arcola with Jeffery Kissoon.
Jeffery Kissoon will play Stepan Verkhovensky and Tikhon. Jeffery is a veteran actor and director who has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
He is joined by Samuel Collings, Jethro Skinner, Valerie Gogan, Timothy Allsop, Tom Larkin, Tyler Fayose, Laura Sophia Becker, Karina Wiedman and Irina Peltola.
Demons is playing on the Russian Revolution Centenary nights: 25 October (old style calendar) and 7 November (new style). The final performance takes place on 11 November, Dostoevsky’s birthday.
The performance on 30 October will be a fundraising gala for the benefit of St Leonard’s Church.