Photo credit: Russian Doll artwork (Photo courtesy of Barn Theatre and Arcola Theatre)

Arcola Theatre and Barn Theatre to co-produce world premiere of ‘A Russian Doll’

London performances will take place in the Arcola Theatre's new outdoor space.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

UPDATE: A Russian Doll will be available to livestream globally from the Barn Theatre on 12 June. Further details on the London transfer at the Arcola Theatre are to be announced.

The Arcola Theatre in London and regional venue The Barn Theatre will co-produce Cat Goscovitch's A Russian Doll. The production will receive its world premiere at the Barn Theatre from 18 May - 13 June, with dates at the Arcola Theatre also scheduled for this summer.

Inspired by real life events, A Russian Doll sees Masha become involved in Russia's disinformation campaigns, spreading false news. During the EU referendum, her new involvement ultimately becomes deceitful, but can the data show something else?

Cat Goscovitch said of her play: "The EU referendum was a moment that changed the history of the United Kingdom forever. In writing this play, I wanted to explore what role Russian disinformation played in influencing the vote and how it impacted not just our political lives but also our personal. How does a click become a vote? What does it mean to take someone down the rabbit hole? And will we ever come back?".

Goscovitch is the daughter of C. P. Taylor, whose play Good was postponed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starring David Tennant. Nicolas Kent will direct, with design by Liz Da Costa, lighting by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner, sound and composition by Harry Smith and AV design by Benjamin Collins.

A Russian Doll is at the Barn Theatre from 18 May - 13 June. After the Cotswold run, A Russian Doll will then transfer to the Arcola Theatre's outdoor space, Arcola Outside later this summer.

Casting and performance dates at the Arcola Theatre are to be announced.

A Russian Doll is at the Arcola Theatre.

Photo credit: Russian Doll artwork (Photo courtesy of Barn Theatre and Arcola Theatre)

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