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The critically acclaimed emerging director Jacqui Honess-Martin discusses her new Arcola Theatre production of Ostrovsky’s Larisa and the Merchants (Girl with no Dowry) with Pushkin House Co-Chair Sergei Ostrovsky.

Alexander Ostrovsky was the greatest Russian playwright of the 19 th century and his works are among the most widely read and frequently performed in Russia today. Larisa and the Merchants (Girl with no Dowry) is a passionate, razor-sharp comedy about a penniless woman and the men who want her and is being staged in the UK for the first time in a new version by Samuel Adamson.

Jacqui Honess-Martin is an emerging director who thrives on international collaborations. Her Antigone was described by the Evening Standard as ‘a triumph on every level’ and her SMITH as ‘the very essence of theatre’. She discusses the contemporary relevance and enduring appeal of Ostrovsky and the experience of bringing this work to the stage at Arcola (‘one of the great success stories of the British theatre’).

Larisa and the Merchants by Alexander Ostrovsky in a new version by Samuel Adamson ( Southwark Fair , Pillars of the Community and, with Tori Amos, The Light Princess , forthcoming, National Theatre).

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