Actors announced for Kreutzer VS Kreutzer
Music in the Round May Festival: Sheffield 6 - 14 May
Kreuzter vs Kreutzer, 7 May, Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield, 7.15pm, Box Office 0114 249 6000
Renowned playwright Laura Wade’s Kreutzer vs. Kreutzer is to be presented in her childhood home of Sheffield as part of Music in the Round’s May Festival on 7 May. Sheffield actress Stacey Sampson (Channel 4’s This is England 88 and BBC’s Doctors) and actor Sandy Batchelor (Rise of the Krays) star in the play, which also features the musicians of Ensemble 360 performing powerful works by Beethoven and Janáček. This new production is prepared in partnership with Sheffield Theatres and is being directed by Celine Lowenthal, Resident Assistant Director at Sheffield Theatres.
Inspired by Tolstoy’s great tale of obsessive sexual jealousy; the story is told through a conversation on a train in which a man confesses to killing his wife whilst in a state of jealous rage. Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed play explores the relationship between the man and wife, with the unheard voices of the murdered woman and the violinist finding expression in the riveting musical and theatrical performance.
The explosive culmination of interwoven words and emotive music amplifies the intensity of the bitter and tragic love-triangle to incredibly passionate levels. Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1 (the ‘Kreutzer Sonata’) echoes Tolstoy’s writing with the portrayal of the “suffering of a woman, beaten and tortured to death, represented in emotionally highly-charged music. Illuminating the husband’s account is Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in A major Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’. The piece evokes the turbulent passion embedded in Tolstoy’s story with elements of wildness. The result is a performance which brings together three renowned works of art, each of which invigorates the other, all telling of intense romantic emotions.
Music in the Round’s Artistic Director Angus Smith comments:
“It’s an absolute honour to host a performance of this stature during our May Festival. Laura’s ability to join music and theatre together in such a way which captures the very essence of Tolstoy’s tale is at once brilliant and overwhelming. It is also a great pleasure for our resident musicians, Ensemble 360, to perform alongside local actress Stacey Sampson in our home venue.”
Tickets for Kreutzer vs Kreutzer are £17.50 for adults, £12 for disabled/unemployed and £5 for under 35s & students.
Book in person at Sheffield Theatres box office, online at www.musicintheround.co.uk or by calling 0114 249 6000.
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