kreutzer vs kreutzer by laura wade
Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres, 6th May 2016
Presented in partnership with Sheffield Theatres
Directed by Celine Lowenthal, Resident Assistant Director at Sheffield Theatres
Stacey Sampson, Sandy Batchelor & Ensemble 360
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in A major Op.47 Kreutzer Sonata
JANÁČEK String Quartet No.1 Kreutzer Sonata
Based on Leo Tolstoy’s searing tale of a conversation on a train in which a man confesses to killing his wife while in a state of obsessively jealous rage, Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed play brings to the fore two voices that are not heard in the original novella – those of the violinist and the murdered woman. The immediacy of interwoven words and music amplifies the intensity of this bitter and tragic love-triangle to fever-pitch levels.
The wild elements of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata immediately evoke the turbulent passion embedded in Tolstoy’s story, while Janáček’s portrayal of “the suffering of a woman, beaten and tortured to death” is evident in the composer’s tormented writing. This promises to be a riveting evening of musical and theatrical drama.