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Actors Touring Company Presents: ILLUSIONS


Language: In English

By Ivan Viripaev
Translated by Cazimir Liske
Directed by Ramin Gray

Critically acclaimed new Russian theatre at Pushkin House.

“I guess that’s how it was meant to be. Love can only be mutual, I agree with you Albert, and forgive me for this cruel sincerity”

Love [&] death, loyalty [&] betrayal, truth [&] fiction: do we ever really know whether we are truly loved? An exploration of the nature of true love from Russia’s foremost contemporary playwright, in his English language debut.

“It’s like a bedtime story gone awry. The threat is our inability to make sense of a shifting universe, to really know another human being and keep love constant.” The Guardian, 4*

“There’s no faulting Ramin Gray’s beautiful, eloquent staging” – The Scotsman, 4*

“Ramin Gray’s direction gives elegant shape and attention-fixing pace to the flow of words” Observer

Actors Touring Company presents the best in international, contemporary theatre on tour in the UK and internationally. Ivan Viripaev is one of Russia’s most important contemporary writers with extensive theatre and film credits, including prizes won at film festivals in Venice and Warsaw.

Ramin Gray is artistic director of Actors Touring Company and directs new plays from abroad, including working as Associate Director and International Associate at the Royal Court Theatre for 10 years, as well as directing a range of freelance productions across Europe.

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