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Stray Dogs Tickets

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Stray Dogs will have its world premiere at London's Park Theatre
Russia. 1940. A land gripped by fear; where language is a weapon - where poetry is power. Anna Akhmatova, the most celebrated poet of her generation, has lost her first husband to the purges and her son to state prison, where he awaits execution. Now, Stalin, the tyrant responsible for the murder of everyone close to her, wants a favour… Plunged so far into obscurity she is believed to be dead, Anna is offered a renewal of life when the Russian/British philosopher Isaiah Berlin risks the hazards behind the iron curtain to find her. But in a world where poetry is a force that can control and move masses for good or ill, which side of the curtain will her loyalty lead her? How far will she go to save a life? How far will she go to save herself? Based on true events, Stray Dogs depicts the story of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century, as she must choose between her duty to her son, her country, her art and herself. This urgent and relevant play explores the nature of tyranny and how it affects both the political landscape of the past and the present.
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From the Production


Rated 4.3 out of 5 (3 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Nov 14, 2019

    The Theater is wonderfully intimate, the play itself was emotional and thought provoking. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Review Avatar Nov 17, 2019

    Moving, intense, powerful, intimate

  • Review Avatar Dec 4, 2019

    Simple, unobtrusive staging. All three actors impressive. Dialogue sometimes too expositional. Character of Isaiah Berlin and his relationship with Akhmatova under-developed. Tone understandably heavy with few lighter moments, so likely to appeal most to audiences already familiar with the subject matter. A clearer indication of the dates for each of the key episodes would have been useful. Not sure about the accuracy of the statistics: 2 million dead in siege of Leningrad, and Stalin responsible for 60 million deaths overall. Could be expanded in programme notes, maybe.