"It's good to see you’re alive. Good to know not all the ghosts in the streets are enemies..."


A world premiere of a new play by multi-award-winning dramatist Fraser Grace in a British-Russian co-production, direct from performances in Russia, Bliss opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited three-week season on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

1920. Russia. Winter.

When ‘victorious’ Nikita returns home from the brutal Russian civil war, he attempts to start a new life balanced precariously between his drunken father Mikhail, and his new wife Lyuba, the feisty young girl he remembers from his school days. When Nikita fails to consummate his marriage – all the while aware that he is being watched by a mysterious figure – he is sent into a spin of alternative universes. When he finally emerges in a new town further along the Potudan River, he is at first amusingly adopted and put to work by market traders, only to be then accused of a crime ‘against the Soviet State’. And the local Communist Party Investigator is summoned…

Based on a short story by the brilliant but little-known Russian writer Andrey Platonov (1899-1951), Bliss is a colourful and strangely heart-warming kaleidoscope of song, laughter and magic, as the survivors of years of devastating war and political revolution all search for their ‘bliss’ in the cold toxic reality of life in post war Soviet Russia.

And they start to comprehend how a society needs time to recover from catastrophe, how real love has both passionate and practical faces, and how the future is only built by those who manage to survive their past…

Date & time

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Wed 27 May - Sat 13 Jun, 3pm & 7.30pm


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