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The Master and Margarita
On from 14 Dec 2012 till 19 Jan 2013
by Complcite
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £16 - £42

About: The Master and Margarita

Complicite returns to the Barbican following the sell-out success of its acclaimed show in Spring 2012.

A woman goes to hell and back to save her lover. Pontius Pilate argues with Christ about the nature of human worth. And the Devil pays a visit to Stalinist Moscow, exposing the hypocrisy, greed and corruption of its citizens.

Moving between the fervently atheistic Moscow of the 1930s and Jerusalem during the last days of Jesus’s life, Bulgakov’s violent, poetic maelstrom of a novel comes to life through performance, video, puppetry and music in Simon McBurney’s breathtaking adaptation.

'An extraordinary and thrilling production.' Daily Telegraph

Also 1.30pm matinée on 22, 29 Dec & 5 Jan
30 Dec 4pm only

195 mins/with interval

Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity)

20 Dec
Audio-described performance

22 Dec 1.30pm
Captioned performance

8 Jan
BSL-interpreted performance

Directed by Simon McBurney
Set design by Es Devlin
Costume design by Christina Cunningham
Lighting design by Paul Anderson
Sound design by Gareth Fry
Video design by Finn Ross
Puppetry by Blind Summit Theatre
3D Animation by Luke Halls


'Simon McBurney’s Complicite has done it again. Amazing.' Times

'What an extraordinary and thrilling production this is. It makes superb use of video, music and a succession of startling coups de théâtre to capture the book’s peculiarly addictive mixture of zaniness, passion and terror. A constantly daring and ambitious staging.' Daily Telegraph

'Complicite delivers its most hallucinatory work to date. It combines operatic grandeur with moments of aching poignancy. The production is visually ravishing. It’s both absorbing and wonderfully nuts.' Evening Standard

'It brings Bulgakov's vision to teasing, mournful, erotic life.' Time Out

'A mind and genre-expanding theatricalisation. The result is visually stunning and acted with the utmost commitment.'The Stage

'The Master and Margarita is masterly. At every turn the play is vertiginously staged. A phenomenal production.' Observer

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