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A play about death, desire and Beethoven.
A man boards a train: the confined space of the carriage triggers potent memories. Soon he is confessing to a terrible crime, one for which he holds Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata responsible.
Written in 1889, Leo Tolstoy’s novella became instantly notorious, and was banned in both Russia and America. Tolstoy hoped one day to see it performed to the accompaniment of live music. In this adaptation by Nancy Harris, musicians and actors come together to bring the story to life for the stage.
“Though this “Kreutzer Sonata” hews to the shape and plot of the original, Ms. Harris has given it a wry, worldly, distinctly British flavor” – New York Times
"Nancy Harris’s English adaptation combines icy precision with mordant wit…" - Daily Telegraph
"Nancy Harris’s crisp and emotionally intelligent adaptation conveys the power of the Tolstoy original….. The experience of Harris’s play is a jolt to the system, a journey into the pathology of suspicion and self-loathing" - Evening Standard
"An extraordinarily compelling adaptation of Tolstoy’s great, warped novella." - Independent
"Tolstoy’s sensational 1889 novella has been dashingly adapted by Nancy Harris – she can wield a knife as precisely as Pozdynyshev." - Observer