Local | Anarchists Classics at Royal Dramatic small stage in December

By on August 29, 2016

Ivan Turgenjev is not only an important precursor to Tjechov – his classic novel Fathers and Sons planted the seeds of nihilism and anarchism, through the unforgettable character Bazarov. On 4 December, the dramatized version premiered on the small stage, directed by Runar Hodne.

Is there room for love and tenderness in a heart that burns with aggressive ideology?

The student Kirsanov comes to his father Nikolai’s estate, along with his friend, the challenging Bazarov who immediately clashes with the father’s brother, Pavel. It is the start of a story about politics, love, existential values and the dynamics between the two generations that have very different experiences and perspectives on the time they live in.

Fathers and Sons depicts how ideological conviction can develop into aggressive radicalism, and how this cuts against the family, love and intimate relationships.

The Norwegian director Runar Hodne makes his drama debut with Turgenjev’s classic novel of an acclaimed stage version by Irish playwright Brian Friel. Turgenjev published his novel in 1862, in an inflamed time in the Tsar regime Russia that half a century later would explode in revolution. It was at Turgenjev that the word nihilism broke through, embodied by Bazarov. But the Fathers and sons are more than politics with a large ensemble and a humility about people’s shortcomings, it becomes clear that Turgenjev is Tjechov’s predecessor.

Runar Hodne has previously directed Shakespeare’s Othello with Magnus Roosmann in the title role at the National Theatre in Oslo. He has also made an acclaimed set of Gosta Berling’s Saga at the Culture City Theatre in Stockholm.

Participants: Hannes Meidal, Otto Hargne, Jan Waldekrantz, Magnus Roosmann, Johan Holmberg, Joaquin Nabi Olsson among others.

Director Runar Hodne
Sets and costumes Magdalena Åberg
Light Andreas Fuchs
Wig and mask Barbro Forsgårdh

Tickets will be released August 30 at 12 noon on dramaten.se and at the ticket office.

Premiere on December 4, Small Stage

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