Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.
Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.
Collaborators, a new play by John Hodge
4 STARS ‘Dream casting of Alex Jennings as Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale as Stalin… A truly tremendous double act which thrills, chills and makes you laugh out loud – even though you know you shouldn’t.’ Daily Telegraph
4 STARS ‘Collaborators is fresh and energetic, with a thick, throbbing vein of grotesque humour.’ Evening Standard
4 STARS ‘Rare and special… An absurdly fantastic view of Stalin, and it’s seriously funny.’ The Times
All tickets for performances of Collaborators in the current season are Sold Out. Day Tickets at £12 will be available for every performance. The show will continue beyond 21 January. These performances will be available for sale, initially to NT Members, when the next booking season opens in November 2011.
National Theatre Live
Collaborators will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 1 December 2011 as part of National Theatre Live. Find your nearest cinema and book.