3.3 (7) · Classic Drama

By Maxim Gorky | adapted by Mike Bartlett


There are no miracles in this world. Only those we make for ourselves.

It’s 8am and a revolt is underway.

The father is dying. The son is spying. The wife is cheating. The uncle is stealing. The mother is scheming. The dynasty is crumbling.

One house. One fortune. One victor.

Critic reviews

Revolutionary attack on moribund politics

The Guardian

Vassa remains resolutely earthbound, not quite funny enough or black enough to make its mark


A vivid, horribly vital production

The Independent

Offbeat and darkly funny, if messy, adaptation of Maxim Gorky's play

The Stage

A rare misfire from north London’s creative powerhouse

The Telegraph

Mike Bartlett's histrionic-fuelled family saga is like a sub-par Succession

Evening Standard

The material demands a gift for the grand gesture that leaves too many of the actors visibly at sea

The Arts Desk

Here theatre has fallen far, far short

The Upcoming

Though the inheritance plot is as flat as each character, so many doors revolving keeps the action moving, and we’re treated to a good line now and then


Unfortunately, what lets this production down is its lack of clarity in its intention

Broadway World

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 9 Oct - Sat 23 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
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