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A Warsaw Melody in The Arcola Theatre in London

Asia Baś


Set during the heyday of the Soviet bloc, A Warsaw Melody follows the blossoming relationship...

between a Russian boy and a Polish girl, and their struggle against the public and social institutions that explicitly forbid the existence of their love. A Warsaw Melody is a very human story that goes to the heart, not to the head.

This is the UK premiere of one of the most celebrated Russian classics of the twentieth century. Leonid Zorin’s A Warsaw Melody is a part of Russian literary education (studied in a similar vein to Waiting for Godot and Educating Rita in this country). A Warsaw Melody was written in 1967 and was performed some 4000 times in its first year alone. It was one of the most frequently staged plays in the Scoiet Union, and its popularity continues to this day. It has been performed in over 150 Russian cities and 15 other countries around the globe.

Leonid Zorin is a prolific playwright and screenwriter. He was born in 1924 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He graduated fom the Gorky Literary Instute in 1947, and his first play, Youth, was performed by the Maly Theare in Moscow. In 2009 the same theatre produced an acclaimed revival of The Warsaw Melody. Leonid Zorin continues to live and work in Moscow.

A Warsaw Melody is directed by London-based Russian director and actor, Oleg Mirochnikov, who has also taught and directed at leading London drama schools for over a decade, in particular Drama Centre where actors he trained include Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy. His credits include recent work as Russian dialogue coach to Kevin Bacon and other cast members of X-Men: First Class, and as an actor he has recently finished filming World War Z with Brad Pitt. He also appeared in the acclaimed production of Before I Sleep by Dreamthinkspeak (Brighton Festival).

Movement director Liana Nyquist’s recent credits include the films Spartacus, Immortal, Clash of the Titans and X Men: First Class. Theatre credits include The Shadow Men and Zoo Story.

A Warsaw Melody stars Oliver King and Emily Tucker, both of whom trained at Drama Centre. Oliver King’s acting credits include When a Man Comes to A Woman (Roundhouse), Northanger Abbey (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and The Provoked Wife (Greenwich Playhouse). Emily Tucker appears in the upcoming feature film The Seasoning House and recent credits include Miranda in Shiver (The Tempest) at the National Theatre Studio.

This is the first show from Belka Productions. The company is based in London and was founded by actors Oliver King and Rosy Benjamin, together with Oleg Mirochnikov, with the aim of creating bold, physically expressive and imaginative productions of Russian texts that have rarely been presented to English audiences.

Venue: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
Dates: 28 March-28 April 2012
Times: Tues-Sat at 8pm, Sat matinees at 3pm
Tickets: £16/12, previews £10
Box office: 020 7503 1646

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