The Kreutzer Sonata

by Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Nancy Harris. Starring Greg Hicks

Playing at The Theatre

Summer 2016, and 2017 at Arcola Theatre

A man on a train is flooded with memories. Soon he is confessing to a terrible crime. But though his circumstances are strange, his claim is even stranger: that the fault lies with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata…

Leo Tolstoy‘s The Kreutzer Sonata became instantly notorious on its publication, and was banned in both Russia and America for its radical views on sex and marriage.

For this gripping stage adaptation by acclaimed playwright Nancy Harris, RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks (Clarion, An Enemy of the People) is accompanied by two musicians to realise Tolstoy’s lifelong wish – a performance of the story with live music.

Played The Theatre Chipping Norton September 2015, and Arcola Theatre July 2016

**** " Performance of dagger-like viruosity" - The Telegraph

**** "Hypnotic, laced with melody, sweet and discordant" - The Times

**** "John Terry's excellent revival, which yields an astonishing performance from Greg Hicks" - The Guardian. 

**** "Mesmeric...riveting" - Critic's Choice, The Independent

**** "A phenomenal performance...directed with flair" - The Observer

***** "An outstandingly slippery performance" - whatsonstage

**** "Master storytelling" - Stage Review

***** "An important piece of work" - Remotegoat

Cast & Creative

By Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Nancy Harris

Directed by John Terry

Designer - Alex Berry

Musical Director and Composer - Harry Sever

LIghting Designer - Alex Stafford Marshall


Greg Hicks - Pozdnyshev

Justin Wilman / Hannah Watson - Musicians (Chipping Norton)
Phillip Granell / Alice Pinto - Musicians (Arcola)


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Produced by Arcola Theatre and The Theatre Chipping Norton