Collaborators review

By Helene Wong In Theatre

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21st January, 2012
The National Theatre Live series continues this month with Collaborators, the debut play of screenwriter John Hodge. While the assaultive style and black comedy of his film writing (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave) aren’t to the fore here, there is still a chilly/comical cast to the story. Drawing on Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov’s known acquaintance with Joseph Stalin, who supported him against political and artistic criticism, Hodge imagines a relationship between them after Stalin commissions a play to celebrate his 60th birthday. It is, of course, fraught with ...

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