Crime and Punishment (stage version)

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky Adapted by Chris Hannan

Crime and Punishment (stage version)
 
Paperback, 112 pages Online Price:
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ISBN: 9781848423657
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 5th September 2013
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Category: Literary adaptations, Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Citizens Theatre, Glasgow then UK tour, 2013

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An exciting, fresh and accessible adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s masterful novel.

Starving, destitute student Raskolnikov is surrounded by the harsh injustices of the world: the grime of poverty and prostitution, unscrupulous pawnbrokers chasing debts, and a sister about to marry someone she doesn’t love to keep her family alive. His guilt is unbearable. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer any chance of redemption.

As Raskolnikov enters a dangerous cat and mouse game with the examining magistrate, a psychological thriller unfolds that probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.

'Both a classic come to life and an urgent new work which develops its own style and language rather than slavishly imitating the text and it’s all the better for it.'

- Independent

'Powerful... To find a theatrical structure, adaptor Chris Hannan roams freely through the novel. He turns interior monologue into direct address, thins out subplots and reconfigures the sequence of events to fashion a fluid route through the story.'

- Guardian

'Magnificent... a fluent, beautiful, profoundly theatrical account of one of the great stories of world literature'

- Scotsman

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was an 18th century Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher. His best-known works include Notes from UndergroundCrime and PunishmentThe Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.

Chris Hannan is a Scottish playwright and novelist. His plays include The Evil Doers (Bush Theatre), Shining Souls (Traverse Theatre) and The God of Soho (Shakespeare's Globe).


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