Moscow’s Chekhov International Festival Returns to UK

This April Moscow’s Chekhov International Festival returns to the UK with a  new production of The Tempest.  Cheek by Jowl’s Russian sister company brings to life this disturbing masque of power, control and illusion. With powerhouse performances and innovative interpretations of classic texts, Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek By Jowl continues to inspire audiences season after season at its London home in Silk Street Theatre.  Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s internationally renowned Russian ensemble were previously seen at the Barbican in Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and Boris Godunov.

The Tempest Cheek by Jowl Chekhov International Festival at The Barbican

7th to 16th April 2011

Performance Time: 19:15 (also 14:00 on 9th and 16th April)

Performed in Russian with English surtitles

Tickets from £21

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Celebrate a Very Russian Christmas

barbicanEvery year the Barbican holds a series of Christmas concerts and each year, in January, the highlight is a showcase of Russian dance and traditional folk songs.  This year’s line-up includes:

Glazunov Winter from the Seasons 
Rimsky-Korsakov Polonaise from Christmas Eve 
Glinka Russlan and Ludmila Overture 
Tchaikovsky Suite from The Nutcracker 
Mussorgsky Great Gate of Kiev 
Prokofiev Troika from Lietenant Kije Suite 
Khatchaturian Sabre Dance

With stirring folk favourites from the heart of Russia including:
Moscow Nights 
Ochi Tchernyie 
Those were the days 
Tsyganochka (Gypsy Girl) 
Fight of the Dwarves 

Concert Orchestra is…
Alexander Walker conductor 
Alexandra Tolstoy presenter 
Volga Russian Dancers
Serguei Pachnine vocal/accordion 
Hugh Rathbone dancer
Bibs Ekkel balalaika 

Alexandra Tolstoy will introduce this wonderful celebration in true Russian style with traditional music, seasonal songs and colourful dance.

And most importantly there will be a complimentary Russian Standard Vodka for every member of the audience!

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