Mikhail Baryshnikov will bring his one-man show, Brodsky/Baryshnikov, based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, to the West End for a limited four-night run, May 3–6, at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Apollo Theatre.
Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, the Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre, the show is performed in Russian with English surtitles.
In the show, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s works. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis’ reverent imagining of Brodsky’s interior world.
Baryshnikov first remembers reading Brodksy’s poetry when he was aged 16, having just arrived in Leningrad to study ballet. Brodsky and Baryshnikov were introduced at a party in New York, soon after Brodsky’s forcible exile from the Soviet Union in 1972. This marked the start of their 22-year friendship, which lasted until Brodsky’s death in 1996.
The two men spoke nearly every day and even opened a restaurant together. Found somewhere between a play, a poetry recital and a piece of performance art, Brodsky/Baryshnikov is described as Baryshnikov’s nostalgic tribute to his once dear friend.
The London run is presented by Bird&Carrot, a London-based company founded by Alexandrina Markvo, which specializes in producing theatre, music, and contemporary art events in the U.K. and internationally. It is a co-production between The New Riga Theatre and Baryshnikov Productions.
To book tickets, visit nimaxtheatres.com/apollo-theatre/brodsky_baryshnikov.