Smile upon Us, Lord

Smile upon Us, Lord

Adapted from two novels by Lithuanian-born writer Grigory Kanovich, Smile upon Us, Lord features an all-star Russian cast, with the 40-plus ensemble led by Vakhtangov’s esteemed Artistic Director Rimas Tuminas.


‘Tableaux of striking beauty and grace’ (New York Times) are a hallmark of this epic, sweeping production in which the perilous pilgrimage of three everyday men conveys a universal human story.

Efraim, an elderly stonecutter, journeys from his shtetl to Vilnius when he learns his son is awaiting trial for the attempted assassination of the governor-general there. Accompanied by his compatriots, they face calamitous setbacks on the way to their ‘promised land’.

At times fantastical and dreamlike, at others expressive and skilfully comic, the image-rich drama illuminates the Jewish experience in the first half of the 20th century while speaking of love and compassion for mankind. The company’s last visit here was with their sell-out, five-star Eugene Onegin in 2015.

3 hours 20 mins/including an interval

Age guidance 14+

Performed in Russian with English surtitles

Critic reviews

Mesmeric and moving

The stage

A comic epic


Soulful and intriguing, with a playful theatricality

The Times

A dreamy, ruminative road-trip


Clowning with earnest undercurrents

Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 28 Feb - Sat 3 Mar, 7pm
Runtime: 3 hrs 20 mins


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