"An astonishing ensemble"
-The Guardian-

"magnificent ensemble"
-The Stage-

"the grandiosity of the cast"
-Broadway World-

Sorry, Life and Fate closed on 20 May 2018

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About the show

Multi-award winning theatre troupe Maly Drama Theatre return to the West End with two of their most acclaimed productions, playing a limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya plays a strictly limited three performances, whilst the company’s production of Life and Fate runs at the London venue throughout May 2018.

Adapted for the stage from Vasily Grossman’s celebrated novel of the same name, Life and Fate takes place in early 1943, as Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia are in a life-threatening struggle for survival. Delving behind the harrowing stories of Nazi concentration camps, to the Siberian Gulags and Soviet nuclear programme, the production examines the parallels between Nazism and Soviet Communism.

As the Battle of Stalingrad looms large, the epic tale sees a Jewish family, the Shtrums, awaiting their fate. Attempting to work out their destinies in a world torn apart by radical ideologies, tyranny and war, the electrifying production is a sweeping panorama of Soviet Society.

Casting includes Sergey Kuryshev as Viktor Shtrum, Tatiana Shestakova as Anna Shtrum, Elena Solomonova as Lyudmila, Daria Rumyantseva as Nadia and Elizaveta Boyarskaya as Genia. Further cast members are Alexander Koshkarev, Alexy Zybarev, Andrey Kondratyev, Artur Kozin, Igor Chernevich, Igor Ivanov, Ivan Chepura, Nikita Vasilev, Oleg Dmitriev, Oleg Gayanov, Oleg Ryanzantsev, Pavel Gryaznov, Sergei Kozyrev, Sergey Seregin, Sergey Vlasov, Stanislav Nikolskii, Vladimir Seleznev and Vladimir Zahariev.

Life and Fate is Maly Drama Theatre’s award-winning production that has toured internationally since its premiere in 2007. Earning the Golden Mask Award for Best Play, the production has earned critical acclaim and now makes its London debut. Maly Drama Theatre is led by Artistic Director Lev Dodin, who has been at the helm for 35 years.

The production plays a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 8th to May 20th 2018, with further productions in the season including Uncle Vanya.

Life and Fate is performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Who Should See It?

Fans of world theatre have the rare opportunity to see a worldwide-acclaimed production in London’s West End. This Olivier Award-winning company are playing for a strictly limited season, so don’t miss out!

Life and Fate is recommended for those aged 16 and up, due to adult themes and nudity.

Playing at

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Seating Plan

Theatre Royal Haymarket seating plan

Booking period

8th May 2018

21st Mar 2019

20th May 2018

Running time

3 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)


Recommended 16+ (Contains nudity)