Written in 1910 when Gorky had been exiled from Russia, Vassa serves as a vehicle for the Bolshevik message of capitalism’s contagious
corruption, in the form of a matriarch at the centre of a bloated shipping
company. Desperately trying to keep the crumbling venture together, she resorts
to bullying and browbeating family and workers to do so, resulting in an
inevitable backlash from both. Vassa is the victim of a merciless system, one which will eventually
tear this strong-willed, well-meaning character apart.
It is not yet clear how Bartlett aims to adapt the play, but we know that his version promises to be a black comedy, and will round off an action-packed year for the Almeida, which will include a modern retelling of Chekhov's Three Sisters and an oily encounter with Donald Trump in Shipwreck. With one of
Britain’s finest new playwrights at the wheel, Vassa may finally have found its winning formula.
|What||Vassa, Almeida Theatre|
|Where||Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Highbury & Islington (underground)|
07 Oct 19 – 23 Nov 19, 12:00 AM
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