FLIGHT

Eight Dreams. based on the drama by Mikhail Bulgakov

16+

3 hours 50 minutes with 1 intermission

THE OPEN ART FESTIVAL «CHERRY ORCHARD» AND

THE STATE ACADEMIC VAKHTANGOV THEATER  PRESENT

The “FLIGHT” play is a hallmark work in Mikhail Bulgakov’s heritage. Elena Bulgakova, the author’s wife remembered: “It was Mikhail Afanasievich’s favorite play; he loved it like a mother loves her child.”

Veniamin Kaverin has written about the play: “FLIGHT” destroys conventional boundaries of the genre; one moment it is a psychological drama, another it is a phantasmagoria almost completely discordant with realistic view of the outside world.”

The theatrical history of “FLIGHT” was not easy. After its rehearsals at MHAT (Moscow Academic Art Theatre) had been banned in 1928, the question of staging “FLIGHT” was four times brought up at the sessions of Politburo. The authorities never allowed the second presentation – after “The Days of the Turbin Family” – of White Army officers as characters on the stage. The play was never staged within the author’s lifetime, which was “almost a catastrophe” for Mikhail Bulgakov. The first performance of “FLIGHT” took place only in 1957 in Stalingrad.

“This play actually has no theatrical history to mention. Seven of more or less known productions in 87 years is almost nothing. This fact is rather surprising, with account of the play being perceived as a masterpiece of this art. As it seems to me, the matter is not about its sharply critical social nature… but about a mysterious theatrical pattern, about the impossibility to find a stage equivalent to Bulgakov’s incredible remarks, and to the text itself delivered by the characters living in this play.

For instance, such remark as: “Rising to perilous heights…” What is it? Can it be acted? How? Yet how wonderful it is! No need to search for ground to produce the play in events of real life – this is a dead-end only narrowing the search and the topic.

“For me, “FLIGHT” is the state of a man awake from a dream where he was chased by nightmares and strange visions… and in the morning, he finds peace again… He is alone, everything is quiet, and his family sleeps in the next room… everything is all right… he is calm and happy…” Yuri Butusov.

Yuri Butusov has already met Vakhtangov Theater actors before. In 2010 he produced “Measure for Measure” after William Shakespeare. The play was successfully shown in London at Shakespeare’s theater, the Globe, within the framework of the international festival of Shakespeare’s plays entitled “Globe to Globe” in 2012; this production was recognized as the favorite play of the London theatrical season.

Running time: 3 hours 50 min with one intermission.The play is recommended for audience older than 16 years (16 +).

Main Stage

  • 23 October, Friday, 19:00

  • 4 November, Wednesday, 19:00

  • 27 November, Friday, 19:00

  • Ticket price: from 200 to 3000 rub.

Premiere was on 11 April 2015

Characters & Cast

THE FIRST DREAM

Serafima Vladimirovna Korzukhina Ekaterina Kramzina
Sergei Pavlovich Golubkov
privatdocent from St. Petersburg
Sergey Epishev
Grigory Lukyanovich Charnota
Cossack by birth, major-general
Artur Ivanov
Lus’ka
a phantom of Charnota’s imagination
Anna Antonova
Roman Valer'yanovich Khludov Victor Dobronravov
Krapilin Pavel Popov
Yriy Tsokurov
De Brizar Vasily Simonov
The Bride Alexandra Streltsina
Olga Borovskaya
The armoured train Valery Ushakov
The Cossack captain Vasily Tsygantsov
Olen’ka Olga Lerman

THE SECOND DREAM:

Khludov Victor Dobronravov
Skunskiy Vasily Simonov
The widows Alexandra Streltsina
Olga Lerman
Ekaterina Kramzina
Olga Borovskaya
Anna Antonova
Lady of the theatre Gulnaz Balpeisova
Olen’ka Olga Lerman
The stationmaster Valery Ushakov
Charnota Artur Ivanov
Lus’ka Alexandra Streltsina
Olga Borovskaya
Serafima Ekaterina Kramzina
Krapilin
a man who suffered from his own eloquence
Pavel Popov
Yriy Tsokurov
De Brizar Vasily Simonov
Paramon Il’itch Korzukhin Valery Ushakov
Golubkov Sergey Epishev
The armoured train Valery Ushakov
Lus’ka
a phantom of Charnota’s imagination
Anna Antonova

THE THIRD DREAM:

Tikhiy
the Head of Counterespionage office
Valery Ushakov
Skunskiy Vasily Simonov
Golubkov Sergey Epishev
Charnota Artur Ivanov
Serafima Ekaterina Kramzina
Olen’ka Olga Lerman

THE FORTH DREAM:

Commander-in-chief Pavel Popov
Yriy Tsokurov
De Brizar Vasily Simonov
Korzukhin Valery Ushakov
Africanus, the Most Reverend Pavel Popov
Yriy Tsokurov
Khludov Victor Dobronravov
Krapilin Pavel Popov
Yriy Tsokurov
Golubkov Sergey Epishev
Skunskiy Vasily Simonov
Golovan, a Cossack captain Pavel Popov
Yriy Tsokurov
Commander-In-Chief
just a phantom of Khludov’s imagination
Olga Lerman
Professor of entomology
of the Kazan University who barely escaped from Bolsheviks’ hands
Ekaterina Kramzina
Lady of the theatre Gulnaz Balpeisova

THE FIFTH DREAM:

Charnota Artur Ivanov
The citizens Sergey Epishev
Gulnaz Balpeisova
Victor Dobronravov
Ekaterina Kramzina
Olga Lerman
Pavel Popov
Vasily Simonov
Alexandra Streltsina
Valery Ushakov
Olga Borovskaya
Vasily Tsygantsov
Yriy Tsokurov
Anna Antonova

THE SIXTH DREAM:

Golubkov Sergey Epishev
Serafima Ekaterina Kramzina
Khludov Victor Dobronravov
Charnota Artur Ivanov
Lus’ka Alexandra Streltsina
Olga Borovskaya
Lus’ka
a phantom of Charnota’s imagination
Anna Antonova

THE SEVENTH DREAM:

Korzukhin Valery Ushakov
Charnota Artur Ivanov
Golubkov Sergey Epishev
Luci Frejeul Alexandra Streltsina
Olga Borovskaya
Antoin Vasily Simonov
Solo-pianist Vasily Tsygantsov

THE EIGHTH DREAM:

Khludov Victor Dobronravov
Serafima Ekaterina Kramzina
Golubkov Sergey Epishev
Charnota Artur Ivanov
Krapilin Pavel Popov
Yriy Tsokurov
Olen’ka Olga Lerman

Crew

Director Yuriy Butusov
Set design Aleksandr Shishkin
Costumes Maxim Obrezkov
Lighting designer Aleksandr Sivaev
Choreographer Nikolay Reutov
Make-up artist Olga Kalyavina
Musical director Andrey Mirnyi
В спектакле звучат стихотворения И. Бродского, В. Маяковского, А. Володина, С. Довлатова