A play for voices by Laura Wade
Presented in partnership with Sheffield Theatres
Directed by Celine Lowenthal, Resident Assistant Director at Sheffield Theatres
Stacey Sampson, Sandy Batchelor & Ensemble 360
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in A major Op.47 Kreutzer Sonata
JANÁČEK String Quartet No.1 Kreutzer Sonata
Based on Leo Tolstoy’s searing tale of a conversation on a train in which a man confesses to killing his wife while in a state of obsessively jealous rage, Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed play brings to the fore two voices that are not heard in the original novella – those of the violinist and the murdered woman. The immediacy of interwoven words and music amplifies the intensity of this bitter and tragic love-triangle to fever-pitch levels.
The wild elements of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata immediately evoke the turbulent passion embedded in Tolstoy’s story, while Janáček’s portrayal of “the suffering of a woman, beaten and tortured to death” is evident in the composer’s tormented writing. This promises to be a riveting evening of musical and theatrical drama.
‘Brilliant… This nimble, sensitive study of the impact of music was revelatory as well as enthralling.’ Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
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