Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 by John

Cut & Paste talks to Dina Dodina, director of the world renowned Maly Drama Theatre, who discusses the story behind Life and Fate and the audience reactions to it’s performance in Europe. This interview contains ‘exclusive’ footage from the dress rehearsal of Life and Fate from His Majesty’s Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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Monday, February 15th, 2010 by Matt

Life and Fate is the adaptation of one of the most important Russian novels of the Twentieth Century. Where there is life there is hope – a truism that tries to explain the need we all have to struggle to survive during times of great suffering. This historical drama’s vast scope includes the siege of Stalingrad, Anti-Semitism, Stalin and the Atomic Bomb.

We would like to offer you the chance to see this remarkable performance at His Majesty’s Theatre on Wednesday 17th February at 7pm.

Nothing comes for free and in Soviet era Russia most of the stuff you wanted didn’t come at all and anything you could get was at the end of a long queue.

If you are the winner of our ticket give away for Life and Fate the only queue you will see is at the bar at intermission.

How to Enter

Send an email to

In the subject line write: Life and Fate

In the main part of the email answer this question: What would you queue in the snow for?

Please also include your contact details so we can ensure that your tickets are organised correctly.

The Winner will be the most interesting, creative or unexpected response.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 16th February. The Prize is worth at least $100.

The winner we will be announced  via Facebook and Twitter.  We will also contact the winner directly.

Update 18th February:

Thank you to everyone who entered the winner was Carly



Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by Dave

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By David Ferrier

Six Characters in Search of an author was the most fun I’ve ever had at the theatre. A bold claim but I think others will share my view because it’s combination of a riveting story, excellent use of multimedia and amazing performances make it an utterly satisfying experience.

The play, originally written in 1920 by Italian Luigi Pirandello has been given a contemporary facelift by Ben Power and West End wunderkind Rupert Goold. The best way to describe the new version is that it is the stage equivalent of the film Adaptation.

The play starts with a group of filmmakers along with an executive producer looking over the footage of the drama-documentary they’re making about a clinic in Denmark that offers assisted suicide. While discussing how they can get more of a ‘human’ element in the film, six characters walk in and tell the group they are in search of an author. Their stories are revealed and towards the latter part of the play layers of reality are slowly removed as the Producer (Catherine McCormack) becomes more and more involved in the characters story. Without giving too much away, it includes a scene where a writer and a producer are talking about staging the new adaptation of Six Characters along with the possibility of international touring and a scene of Pirandello writing the play we were watching.

An ingredient of the play’s succuss is its incredible use of multimedia. Video projection, the subtle use of microphones on the actors that echoed small bits of dialogue at precise moments and brilliant music by composer Adam Cork that swelled during the heightened moments of drama made the show all the more engaging.

The show would have fallen flat on its face of course had it not been for the wonderful performances. Everyone was stunning, their performances just so satisfying and absorbing that you really forget you are only a few meters away from these people playing on stage. Ian McDiarmid as the Father and Martin Ledwith as The Exec and Mr Pace are of particular note, mainly because their characters had the most interesting lines and I believe the most ‘fun’ on stage.

Six Characters is an intellectually ambitious play that explores themes of what we perceive as reality and notions of ‘self.’ It’s hard to imagine the original version of the play was written in 1920 because it is so contemporary and post modern even by today’s standards. It’s not too hard to believe that when it premiered in Rome in 1921, it sparked riots.

All I can say is go and see it while you can, it’s a remarkable piece of contemporary theatre with smart, punchy dialogue that is ridiculously entertaining from beginning to final curtain..and if you’ve seen it I bet you’re already waiting for the DVD.



Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by John

In this grab from our interview with Ian McDiarmid, the ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ star discusses the significance of Rupert Goold to a UK theatre industry that is struggling.

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