Art-Vic and Barons Court Theatre's production of Nabokov’s 1936 novel merges a disquieting sense of unease with sly, satirical humour – a combination captured wonderfully in what is a deliciously offbeat adaptation.

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In this darkly comical portrayal of one man’s helplessness in the face of others’ indifference, Cincinnatus – a commonplace resident of a fictional town – is arrested and sentenced to death for an ill-defined crime. Locked in his cell, he exhorts the authorities to let him know, at least, the date of his beheading … only to be denied even that ‘consolation’. Meanwhile, as he awaits his execution, the beleaguered prisoner is visited by a host of characters, who seem completely incapable of understanding (or, at any rate, empathising with!) the gravity of his predicament.

by Vladimir Nabokov, Adaptation by Victor Sobchak
Victor Sobchak
Cast list:
Garry Voss, Gary Cain, Gerry Skeens, Thomas Whitcomb, Adrian Gawell, Nia Kova, Angela Prince, Catharine Humphrys, Yana Lyapunova.

Barons Court Theatre

In the cellar below the Curtains Up Pub, 28a Comeragh Road, West Kensington, London, W14 9HP
Venue Box Office:
020 8932 4747
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