One Hour Eighteen Minutes as seen by Russia Beyond the Headlines

12 Nov 2012 “A new play about Magnitsky opens in London, three years after the lawyer’s controversial death. Extracts of original diaries and letters are used to help re-enact what happened to Magnitsky in detention in this powerful stage drama.” “The strongest parts of this compelling drama include actual quotations from the records the lawyer […]

One Hour Eighteen Minutes – post show discussion with William Browder

20 Nov 2012, at New Diorama Theatre Post show discussion with William Browder to be chaired by a VIP whose name will only be given on the night Bill Browder – Chief Executive and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management, the company that hired Sergei Magnitsky to investigate the tax refund fraud set up by Russian […]

A British actor’s view of theater training in Russia

Christopher Hancock is a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Chris volunteered with Sputnik in 2010, supporting us in our realisation of the 1st Russian Theatre Festival. We asked him for some reflections on his time training in Russia, compared to his training in the UK: Ask any British drama student to sign up […]

The most innovative Russian theatre director at the World Shakespeare Festival 2012

Dmitry Krymov’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in Stratford-upon-Avon and Edinburgh this August – highly recommended! Dmitry Krymov is one of the most innovative directors to emerge in Moscow in the last decade. He began as a stage designer in the mid-1970s, often creating sets for his father, the great director Anatoly Efros. From the […]

Life after the presidential elections for Russia’s new writing theatres

A blog by Noah Birksted-Breen “I’ve just got back from Russia, supported by a StepBeyond grant from the European Cultural Foundation – where I met with Elena Gremina, who many consider to be Russia’s foremost political playwright, most famous for her play One Hour Eighteen Minutes, a landmark documentary play about the death of whistle-blowing […]

We Are Becoming More Simple

One of the most renown Russian playwrights on his play “Tityus the Irreproachable”

Theatres Are Scared of Experimenting

Yaroslava Pulinovich’s view on Russian theatre

Modern Drama in Belarus

Interview with Natalia Kolyada, “Free Theatre”, Belarus

One Hour Eighteen Minutes

Review on Sputnik’s new work – One Hour Eighteen Minutes by ELena Gremina –
a documentary play which pieces together the final hours of Sergey Magnitsky, a corporate lawyer who sued the Russian government for one of the most blatant cases of tax fraud in Russian history.

Magic of Russian theatre

Vladimir Zuev talks about the current state of Russian drama, his plays and the ways to bring Russian theatre to UK.

“..There are a lot of budding playwrights around nowadays. As a result the standard of plays put on at the competitions and festivals varies greatly.”

On The Record

06.08.2011 Sputnik Artistic Director Noah Birksted-Breen co-wrote a new play about journalism now at Arcola theatre ON THE RECORD @ Arcola Theatre July 20-August 13 2011 by Christine Bacon and Noah Birksted-Breen, directed by Michael Longhurst and designed by Chloe Lamford.

  • About Us

    Sputnik is a British theatre company dedicated to sourcing, translating and producing new Russian drama for British audiences.

    There are several strands to Sputnik's work including:
    - producing new Russian plays in the UK
    - programming and organising the Russian Theatre Festival in London
    - developing Russian playwriting through commissions and exchanges
    - outreach work bringing drama to disadvantaged young people
    - cultural events with Russian literature and music

    Why Russia?
    Russia has a history of theatrical innovation. Russian playwrights have played a significant role in shaping modern European theatre.

    Contemporary playwriting in Russia has been going through an important and innovative period since 1991 with a prolific output by predominantly young dramatists.

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