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Ballast Theatre presents Boris Godunov by Alexander Pushkin, adapted by Howard Colyer, at the Jack Studio Theatre, a 50-seat fringe venue adjoining the Brockley Jack Pub, in Brockley, south London, from 13 to 31 January 2015.
The play is directed and designed by Scott Le Crass. Le Crass has previously directed six plays by Howard Colyer, who has been appointed as Jack Studio Theatre's first playwright in residence, from Autumn 2014 to Spring 2016.
Synopsis: "Moscow 1598. Ivan the Terrible is dead, as are all his sons, and now with seeming reluctance Boris Godunov wears the crown. But word spreads that Dimitry, the prince thought to be murdered, was not truly slain, but is alive and gathering an army to overthrow Russia’s government."
Pushkin wrote the play, which has been described as 'an epic of civil war, lies, deception, rumours and betrayal', more than two hundred years after Boris Godunov had ruled Russia. Godunov's seven-year rule came to an end in 1605.