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UK PREMIERE The Transformation Season

The Double

by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1846), adapted and directed by Laurence Boswell

Until 22 December 2012

The Double

The Double

The Double

The Double

The Double

The Double

The Double

The Double

Overview

Imagine waking up one morning and finding that another person - an exact replica of you - has hijacked your body, and, posing as you, infiltrates your friendships, gatecrashes parties, humiliates waiters, behaves disgracefully and generally wreaks havoc! Everyone believes this imposter is you and yet in every aspect of his personality he is the sort of person you would abhor. This is the horror that faces Mr Goliadkin, a mild-mannered government clerk, when he awakes one morning in St Petersburg and realises that his world has been turned upside down.

The production is directed by the Ustinov’s Artistic Director, Laurence Boswell, whose productions include The Phoenix of Madrid, Iphigenia, The Surprise of Love and In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play which won Best New Play at the Theatre Awards UK 2012.  In this bold new adaptation of Dostoevsky’s brilliant, hilarious and intriguing novella, Sarah Wright, from London’s Little Angel Theatre, is working with actor/puppeteers to animate a life-size puppet of Mr Goliadkin.  The production is filled with special effects, and accompanied by dance and an original orchestral score.

Dostoevsky is one of the world’s greatest novelists, the author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.

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  • Reviews

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    4 Star Rating One of the regional wonders of the year... just what the doctor ordered as an antidote to gormless festive frolics ... head-turning brilliance - Daily Telegraph

    4 Star Rating Gloriously grotesque ... horribly entertaining ... inspired use of puppets - The Times

    4 Star Rating Undoubtedly haunting, very funny ... a thought-provoking piece of theatre - Independent

    A fine cast and stunningly good puppetry ... Simon Scardifield is magnificent ... as moving and as densely communicative as poetry - Observer

    5 Star Rating The Double is a late contender for one of 2012’s best. Funny, tender, super slick and highly recommended - The Public Reviews

    Laurence Boswell has put The Ustinov Studio firmly on the map for work of great quality and innovation ... a compelling and hugely impressive central performance from Simon Scardifield - Whatsonstage.com

    Excellent repertory season ... inventive adaptation - The Stage

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  • Cast

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    Mr Goliadkin Simon Scardifield

    The Storyteller, Anton Antonovich Rob Edwards

    Klara Olsufievna, Karolina Ivanova Jane Leaney

    Vladimir Semyonovich, Scriverenko Nicholas Karimi

    Petrushka, Andrei Filippovich, Ostafyev Sean Murray

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    Adapted and directed by Laurence Boswell

    Designer Ti Green

    Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod

    Sound Designer & Composer Jon Nicholls

    Director of Puppetry Sarah Wright

     

    Evenings: Monday – Saturday 7.45pm

    Thursday Matinees: 29th November, 6th, 13th, 20th December 2.30pm

    Saturday Matinees: 24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December 2.30pm

    Press Performance: Thursday 29th November 7.00pm

    Post Show Discussion: Thursday 6th December (after evening performance)

    Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts

    £10 Preview Performances: (22nd-29th November) and Mondays: All seats £10

    Running Time: 2 hours 05 minutes (incl. interval)

    An ivitation to attend an Exclusive Post Show Reception for The UK Premiere Production of THE DOUBLE on Tuesday 11th December

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