Theatre Novel

Michail Afanasievič Bulgakov

Theatre Novel


One of the favourite literary works about the world of theatre, theatre-makers and their art, as well as about human passions, desires and weaknesses

The new SND building, Drama hall

The internationally acclaimed Theatre Novel by one of the most stimulating Russian authors and playwrights, Mikhail Bulgakov, draws from his extensive experience with Russian theatre which he acquired prior to the Second World War. The grotesque insight into the theatre backstage unveils the passionate world of art, remarkable loves of theatre-makers, as well as everyday operation, envy, intrigues – in sum, everything that is an integral part of theatre. The current staging of the novel inevitably includes the relationship between art and politics, something Bulgakov knew quite intimately: he spent a significant part of his creative life in the Soviet Russia under Stalin. Bulgakov experienced the generalissimo who fundamentally affected his life and work. The production, that includes Bulgakov’s notes about his personal life thus outlines a multifaceted period in history. At the same time, it generalises the relationship between artist and his status vis-à-vis the society and its system. The first Slovak adaptation of Bulgakov’s incomplete novel is brought to you by SKUTR, Czecho–Slovak tandem of directors as the first collaborative venture with the SND.

Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins with one interval

Première February 1, 2020
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Production Team

Translation Alena Morávková
Direction and dramatization SKUTR
Translation of the dramatization Miro Dacho
Dramaturgy by Miro Dacho
Costumes Design Alexandra Grusková


Sergei Leontievich Maksudov Alexander Bárta
Ivan Vasilievich (director of the Independent Theatre), Ilya Ivanovich Rudolfi (editor), Xaver Borisovich Ilychin (director of t Richard Stanke
Lyudmila Silvestrovna Priachinova (the first actress of the Independent Theatre), Writer Táňa Pauhofová Barbora Andrešičová
Augusta Menazraki (secretary of Ivan Vasilievich), Polyxena Toropetskaya (secretary of Aristarch Platonovich), Writer Diana Mórová
Yelena Bulgakova Jana Oľhová
Yevlampia Petrovna (director), Writer Anežka Petrová
Gavril Stepanovich (head of the internal administration of the Independent Theatre), Writer, A. P. Chekhov Martin Šalacha
Foma Strizh (director of the Independent Theatre), Writer Lope De Vega Ľuboš Kostelný
Peter Bombardov (actor at the Independent Theatre), Writer, Ismash, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière Jakub Rybárik
Miša Panin (dramaturg at the Independent Theatre), Writer, William Shakespeare Michal Režný (as a guest)
Actors and Actresses of the Independent Theatre Oliver Asztalos (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Patrícia Balajová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Barnabás Balla (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Bence Hégli (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Veronika Horváthová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Laura Jankurová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Viktória Jurištová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) David Kakaš (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Katarína Krajčovičová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Veronika Lackovičová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Veronika Meszárosová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Timotej Taraba Martin Toman (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Michaela Trokanová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Ivana Kološová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Márk Mezöszállási (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Adam Hilek Viktória Vadovičová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) László István Béhr (as a guest) Daniel Zwach (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Anna Magdaléna Hroboňová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Naďa Gášeková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Filip Pavuk (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)