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The Queen of Spades

Countess by Nick Coupe

Countess by Nick Coupe

If you’re in London over the next few weeks, you might want to stop by the Arcola Theatre, where recent graduate Amy Powell Yeates is producing The Queen of Spades. Details below…

What is our life? A game!

Hermann will stop at nothing to discover the secret of the three card gambling trick that will make his fortune.

In the first major theatrical adaptation of the story outside of the opera house in the UK, Pushkin’s classic novella is reinvented as a thrilling drama of the imagination, bringing the lyricism and satirical qualities of the original to life. His story is revealed to us in a series of dreams that take us from the bedroom of an old, dying Countess to the gambling tables of St Petersburg. Accompanied by original music and sound design by Daniel Saleeb (Yellow, Riverside Studios), Raymond Blankenhorn’s verse adaptation draws on material from across Pushkin’s work, in particular the playful spirit of his narrative poems.
An unmissable opportunity to experience the work of Russia’s greatest poet in the UK.
Fusebox Productions presents

A new adaptation from the short story by Alexander Pushkin
written by Raymond Blankenhorn

Conceived and directed by Max Hoehn
Produced by Amy Powell Yeates

Costume and set design by Valentina Ricci
Original music and sound design by Daniel Saleeb
Lighting design by Edmund Sutton

Hermann: Benjamin Way
The Countess/Usher: Norma Cohen
Liza: Jen Holt

‘Best of all was Fusebox’s Midnight Closes’ Rupert Christiansen on the Tete a Tete festival, 2011


‘Directed with intelligence and economy by Max Hoehn’ **** The Telegraph on The Emperor of Atlantis, 2011

‘ A Must See’ The Stage on The Master and Margarita, 2010


12th October – 12th November 2011
Starting time: 8pm (3pm matinees)

Tickets £15 (£11 cons) on sale now: 02075031646 OR 

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Generously supported by Pushkin House, Jacksons Lane, The Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, the GB-Russia Society and the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain.