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Describe the Night at Hampstead Theatre - rehearsal images released

Casting news

IMAGES have been released of the cast rehearsing for the UK premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night, which runs at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) from May 9 (previews from April 30) to June 9, 2018.

The line up includes David Birrell (as Nikolai), Ben Caplan (Isaac Babel), Siena Kelly (Urzula), Wendy Kweh (Mariya/Mrs Petronova), Joel MacCormack (Feliks), Rebecca O’Mara (Yevgenia) and Steve John Shepherd (Vova).

When we say that something is true, it becomes true. When we say that something is false, it becomes false… There is nothing that cannot eventually be crossed out and changed.

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel reports on a Red Cavalry campaign in Poland. In 1936, Stalin’s NKVD chief Nicolai Yezhov unleashes the Great Purge. In 1989, a mysterious KGB agent spying on a woman in Dresden falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes near the Russian city of Smolensk…

Directed by Lisa Spirling, this darkly comic rhapsody on Russian themes explores the blurred lines between lies, fiction and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet history in search of the genesis of the post-truth world.

Describe the Night is designed by Polly Sullivan, with lighting by Johanna Town and sound and composition by Richard Hammarton.

Read more about Describe the Night.