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Casting announced for Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg's Life and Fate and Uncle Vanya

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CASTING has been announced for Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg’s ten-show engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The 28-strong cast sees Peoples’ Artist of Russia, Stanislavsky and Golden Soffit Award-winner Sergey Kuryshev, who has been a part of the company since 1989, lead both productions – Life and Fate, which runs from May 8 to May 20 and Uncle Vanya, which runs from May 15 to May 17, 2018.

In Life and Fate, Lev Dodin’s epic adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s masterpiece, Sergey Kuryshev plays Viktor Shtrum.

He is joined by Tatiana Shestakova (as Anna Shtrum, Viktor’s mother). Shestakova has acted with the Maly Drama Theatre since 1984 and her credits with the company include the role of Anna in Stars in the Morning Sky – the production which saw the company become the first international company to win an Olivier Award in 1989.

Elena Solomonova appears as Victor’s wife, Lyudmila, while Nadia, the Shtrum’s daughter, is played by Daria Rumyantseva.

Elizaveta Boyarskaya plays Lyudmila’s sister, Genia. Spotted by Dodin at the age of 16, she was cast in the production shortly thereafter and has played the part ever since, growing with the role over the past 15 years. Boyarskaya is known for her extensive work in Russian and international movies.

Banned because of the parallels it drew between Nazism and Soviet Communism, Life and Fate is a sweeping panorama of Soviet Society and an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single Jewish family, the Shtrum’s. From Nazi concentration camps to the Gulags of Siberia and the Soviet nuclear programme, as the battle of Stalingrad looms large the characters must work out their destinies in a world torn by ideological tyranny and war.

In Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya, Sergey Kuryshev plays the title role.

Vanya (Kuryshev), together with his niece Sonya (Ekatirina Tarasova), has sacrificed his life managing the estate of Professor Serebryakov (celebrated Russian film actor, Igor Ivanov), his former brother-in-law and Sonya’s father. But when the Professor returns from the city with his glamorous young wife Yelena (multi award-winning stage and screen actress Ksenia Rappoport) tensions spiral as their world is thrown upside down.

Read more about Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.