Slow Sword

“part dream, part nightmare and wholly intriguing…” Guardian

“excellent performances” Time Out

“Noah Birksted-Breen’s production has a beautiful economy… This is a play written and produced with genuine passion. Sputnik Theatre should be proud.” Guardian

Sputnik Theatre is the first company to stage Klavdiyev’s work in the UK. This was the World Premiere of Slow Sword.

  • 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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