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6 July–23 July 2016

The Theatre Chipping Norton, presented by Arcola Theatre

The Kreutzer Sonata

by Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Nancy Harris

Directed by John Terry

A man on a train is flooded with memories. Soon he is confessing to a terrible crime. But though his circumstances are strange, his claim is even stranger: that the fault lies with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata…

Leo Tolstoy‘s The Kreutzer Sonata became instantly notorious on its publication, and was banned in both Russia and America for its radical views on sex and marriage.

For this gripping stage adaptation by acclaimed playwright Nancy Harris, RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks (Clarion, An Enemy of the People) is accompanied by two musicians to realise Tolstoy’s lifelong wish – a performance of the story with live music.

A tale of haunting intensity, delicious humour and musical echoes of the master, The Kreutzer Sonata transfers to Arcola following a critically-acclaimed run at The Theatre Chipping Norton.

Post-show discussion

Thursday 14th July
With Greg Hicks and director John Terry. Free for same-day ticket-holders.

★★★★★ A spellbinding and shattering piece of theatre ... [a] massive, must-see hit ... Hicks's Pozdnyshev is a character that theatre-lovers will talk about with gleeful aversion for years to come. Get a ticket
—Culture Whisper
★★★★★ Virtuoso talent ... Hicks's rendition of Pozdnyshev is so engaging
★★★★★ An enthralling story ... a bold and exhilarating production ... a truly unmissable experience.
—Stage Review
★★★★ Tolstoy's tale of murder is electrified by Greg Hicks ... John Terry’s excellent revival [of] this riveting adaptation ... yields an astonishing performance
—The Guardian
★★★★ A phenomenal performance by Greg Hicks ... directed with flair by John Terry
—The Observer
★★★★ Greg Hicks is riveting ... a splendid tour de force
—The Independent
★★★★ Acted with a clenched ferocity of focus, this marital drama is hypnotic, laced with melody, sweet and discordant
—The Times
★★★★ A performance of dagger-like virtuosity
—Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Greg Hicks delivers a virtuoso performance. This is really something special. An actor at the height of his powers.
—London Theatre
As powerful and riveting a solo show as you are likely to encounter this year.
—Theatre Guide London
Adapted with skill and performed magnificently ... This piece is utterly timeless and quite simply exquisite.
—A Younger Theatre
A staggering performance from Hicks
—British Theatre Guide
An acting tour de force
—Oxford Times
Virtuosic brilliance…a triumphant performance
—Stratford Herald
  • Photography by Ciarán Dowd

  • Photography by Ciarán Dowd

  • Photography by Ciarán Dowd

  • Photography by Ciarán Dowd

  • Photography by Ciarán Dowd


Greg Hicks


Alice Pinto


Phillip Granell



Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Nancy Harris


John Terry


Alex Berry

Composer and Musical Director

Harry Sever

Stage Manager

Bryony Rutter

Lighting Designer

Alexandra Stafford

Assistant Director

Tatty Hennessy


Ciarán Dowd
Tier A £19
Tier A (Concession) £15
Tier B £14
Tier B (Concession) £12
Tier C £10
Opening performances (6-8 July) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Running time: 95 minutes approximately .

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020 7503 1646

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