Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre (BDT), Saintpetersburg, Russia
Director: Andrey Moguchy
Performed in Russian with Hungarian translation.
2 hours 15 minutes with 1 breaks.
Russia, the 19th century. The provincial town of Kalinov lives in keeping with its austere and fixed religious laws, which have remained intact for centuries as Old Believers’ traditions. The citizens of Kalinov are constantly at prayer, they detest innovations, and they believe that a thunderstorm is a form of punishment administered by God for human sins such as adultery. In fact, just a century earlier people were being executed for such crimes.
Katerina, the leading female character, has been brought up in an atmosphere of love and liberty. Now, married to the merchant Tikhon Kabanov, she feels imprisoned. His mother, Marfa Kabanova, dislikes Katerina and is jealous of her. Tikhon remains aloof and gradually falls into an alcoholic abyss.
Everything changes after the appearance of Boris, an educated young man from Moscow, a nephew of the awful, greedy merchant Dikoy. Katerina falls in love with Boris. As soon as Tikhon leaves town on business, Katerina and Boris start seeing each other. However, her sincere nature pushes her towards confessing to her husband and mother-in-law. Her life becomes insufferable. She escapes and meets Boris again, who tells her his uncle has ordered him to leave for Siberia. Katerina commits suicide, jumping from a cliff into the Volga River.
Vera IONOVA (piano), Alekszandr ZAHARENKO / Alexander ZAKHARENKO (clarinet), Nyikolaj RIBAKOV / Nikolay RYBAKOV / Jurij ANDREJEV / Yury ANDREEV (bass-drum)
Costume designer: Svetlana Gribanova
Composer: Alexander Manotskov
Playwright: Alexander Ostrovsky
Lighting designer-Stas Svistunovich
Director’s assistants-Alexander Artyomov,
Sound director-Alexey Titov
Musical director-Anna Vishnyakova
Stunt directors-Maxim Pakhomov, Roman Kaganovich