Lithuanian National Drama Theatre event

Boris Godunov

DirectorEimuntas Nekrošius
CastVytautas Anužis, Monika Bičiūnaitė, Remigijus Bučius, Povilas Budrys, Neringa Bulotaitė, Algirdas Dainavičius, Dainius Gavenonis, Algirdas Gradauskas, Jurga Kalvaitytė, Elžbieta Latėnaitė, Vitalija Mockevičiūtė, Marija Petravičiūtė, Marius Repšys, Arūnas Sakalauskas, Džiugas Siaurusaitis, Salvijus Trepulis, Ieva Triškauskaitė, Vygandas Vadeiša, Vaidas Vilius, Remigijus Vilkaitis
PlaywrightEimuntas Nekrošius
Translated byAntanas Venclova, Jonas Graičiūnas
Costume DesignerNadežda Gultiajeva
ScenographerMarius Nekrošius
ComposerFaustas Latėnas
Premiere 2018 May 22
Duration 4 h.
Author:                                  Alexander Pushkin
26 November18:30Main Stage

DESCRIPTION

Important notice! The performance on 26th  November will have an English translation.

Boris Godunov is a performance based on a historical play of the same title written by the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. Based on historical facts, the play speaks of the period in Russian history, which is distinguished by an intense and cruel fight for power between influential rulers. Pushkin wrote Boris Godunov in 1825 relying on two historical sources: Nikolay Karamzin’s History of the Russian State and old chronicles. He was studying Shakespeare’s tragedies in detail, too. Tsar Nicholas I who ruled the country at that time forbade him to publish Boris Godunov proposing Pushkin to re-write the play. As Pushkin would not comply, Boris Godunov was published only in 1830 on Pushkin’s "own responsibility”.

Boris Godunov is a boyar of Tatar decendance who becomes a tsar. He kills the legitimate heir to the Russian throne, a child of Tsar Ivan The Terrible, Dmitriy. Complying with the demand of the Russian people, Boris ascends the throne. Some years later a pretender to the throne appears who declares himself Dmitriy. He claims his right to the throne and marches to Moscow with a crowd of supporters. Godunov has lost the trust of his people, and soon thereafter dies unexpetedly. He appoints his son Fyodor as heir to the throne. While the pretender Dmitriy enters Moscow, his confidants kill Tsarevich Fyodor and his mother. Upon finding out what has happened, the Russian people are in shock…

The author of Boris Godunov, Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), became famous for his fabulous poetry, his novel in verse Eugene Onegin and many other works. Lithuania has a relation to the great writer: in the end of the 19th century his son Grigoriy Pushkin arrived in Lithuania to stay and live in Markučiai. He died there in 1905. The play Boris Godunov mentions Lithuania a few times, some of the scenes take place close to the border of Lithuania.

For more information about the performance www.teatras.lt