London Theatre Heads for a Russian Spring

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London theatre seems to be heading for a Russian spring.

At the Royal Court there are two contemporary Russian plays opening this month, Steps to Siberia and Plasticene, while Richmond's Orange Tree theatre has not only staged a production of The Three Sisters, it has also programmed a sequel to Chekhov's masterpiece, Three Sisters II.

At the National Theatre, expectations are high for Sir Tom Stoppard's trilogy of plays, commissioned by Trevor Nunn and set in Russia.

Meanwhile, the Peacock Theatre is hosting an evening of Cossack Song and Dance — from February 25 to March 16. Powerful music, amazing energy and mesmerizing dance — the Russian Cossack State Song and Dance Ensemble conjure up an exotic and fiery life as lived in the vast Steppes that bordered the Russian and Turkish empires of the seventeenth century onwards.

This range of performance, from Chekhov to Cossack sword dances, shows both the range of Russian culture and the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of London theatregoing: from Russian, Norwegian (Night Songs at the Royal Court), French (Tartuffe at the National) and South African (The Mysteries at the Queen's) to Australian (Life After George at the Duchess and the forthcoming Up For Grabs at Wyndhams theatre).

—by Paul Webb Theatrenow