Philistines plays at National Theatre Lyttelton
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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A new version of Gorky's, banned under the Czarist regime, charting a household falling apart as the personal and political turmoil of pre-revolutionary Russia gathers pace.
A group of young radicals hang out, drink, dance, moan, philosophise and have sex at the home of a prosperous decorator. Sometime law student Pyotr falls for the loose-living lodger. His sister lusts after Nils, moans about life's tediousness and messes up her own suicide.
A household falls to pieces as the personal and political turmoil of pre-revolutionary Russia gathers pace. Gorky's darkly comic first play of 1902 was originally banned from public performance under the Czarist regime
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