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Collaborators, National Theatre
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After the bumper crop of Sherlockian stories I ran yesterday, I am only running one story today (1 November).

And that is that Collaborators has its press night tonight. Collaborators is a new play by John Hodge, directed by Nick Hytner, and it is a world premiere that is running in the Cottesloe.

Collaborators is sold out for the current season although £12 day tickets are still available for every performance. The show will continue into the next booking period and tickets for that will go on sale to NT members in November.

Cut and pasted from the National's website:
Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. Alex Jennings plays Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale, Stalin.

Follow the link for more details:
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/67505/productions/collaborators.html

Collaborators will have an NT live on 1 December 2011. Follow the link for more details:
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/67249/productions/collaborators.html

My gut instinct is that this will be outstanding because the premise and the concept sound intriguing, it is directed by Nick Hytner, and you have Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale in the lead roles. What more could you want?

I will post links to the quality broadsheet reviews as soon as they come out and I will write my own review in due course (once I have seen it!).