Russian National Mail

As director and translator, Noah Birksted-Breen makes a profoundly Russian play accessible to a western audience. Kevin McMonagle as the hero suggests both the sadness and the occasional ecstasy of the epistolary life.” The Guardian

Noah Birksted-Breen’s Sputnik Theatre production bubbles with ideas… Birksted-Breen’s translation nicely balances bitterness and wit, and Kevin McMonagle is an appealing and affecting Ivan.” The Times

Noah Birksted-Breen, the translator and director, retains this very Russian spirit while at the same time rendering the piece accessible to a British audience with his fresh, unstilted translation.” The Independent

Time Out Critics’ Choice, 2005 and 2006.

In 2005, Sputnik produced the British premiere of Russian National Mail at the Old Red Lion in London.

In 2006, Sputnik’s production was invited to be part of the Time Out Critics’ Choice Festival in London: Russian National Mail transferred to the Battersea Arts Centre for a further three week run.

In 2008, Russian National Mail toured to Ekaterinburg where it ran for two performances at the Kolyada-Plays Festival at the invitation of the Kolyada-Theatre, and it also ran for two evenings at Teatr.doc in Moscow as part of the same international tour.

  • 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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