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The Beauty and the Prince

after Feodor Dostoievski
Producție a Teatrului Dramatic și de Păpuși, Vrața, Bulgaria


Monday, October 14, 21.00
Odeon Theater, Studio Hall

The Beauty and the Prince, after a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Directed and dramatization by Nikolai Polyakov

Set design by Virginia Dodova

Cast: Emona Ilieva, Sabina Koen, Anastas Popdimitrov, Ivailo Vâlcev,

Borislav Borisov, Ognian Simeonov, Veneta Ivanova, Stefani Ivailo,

Teodor Sofroniev, Ivailo Kirev       

Running time: 1 hr 45 mins (no interval)

Produced by Drama and Puppet Theater, Vratsa, Bulgaria

We should do away with the cliché that Dostoyevsky is a writer difficult to read, whom the audience has difficulty in understanding. Even in his most severe novels there is a lot of humour. The Beauty and the Prince is based on his short story The Uncle’s Dream. The characters are more of caricatures. I can’t explain to myself how come that Dostoyevsky’s sense of humour is still hidden for people and not clear. The performance is above all a creation made by the actors and the ambiance is much indebted to the incredible stage designer Virginia Dodova.

Nikolai Poliakov