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The War

Chekhov International Theatre Festival / SounDrama Studio
9 - 11 August 2014

1913. A group of young people celebrate Christmas in Paris. They share interests, a love for the arts and a deep aversion to common morals. An international circle of poets and artists, they wish to establish new trends in painting and literature, believing that Beauty will save the world.

One of the hottest topics of conversation is war. Some think any war is the greatest catastrophe, while others think war is a necessary evil, destroying old ideas and ideals, clearing the way for new ones. When war becomes a painful and terrifying reality less than a year later, they are forced to drastically re-examine their principles and beliefs.

Through his innovative 'sound drama' technique, where music, movement and rhythm heighten the dramatic action, Russian director Vladimir Pankov's new production explores the deep psychological and physical impact of war and how through art we can help provide a vision for the future.

Pankov possesses a unique ability to hear literature and the world around him as a universe of sounds

Ruzzkaya Gazeta

A co-production between the Chekhov International Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. 

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  • Language: 
    Performed in Russian with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours 30 minutes approximately

Supported by

The Director's Circle

UK - Russia Year of Culture 2014 logo



Chekhov International Theatre Festival / SounDrama Studio

Vladimir Pankov Director
Irina Lychagina Libretto
Maxim Obrezkov Set and costume designer
Nikolai Surkov Lighting designer
Artem Kim and Sergei Rodyukov Music directors
Sergei Zemlansky and Ekaterina Kislova Choreography

Photo: Roger Viollet / Topfoto

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £32 £25 £12
Stalls: £32 £25 £17 £12

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed people: 50% off
Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off