The Mandate
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781854598257Publication Date:
14 Oct 2004
Size: 195mm x 130mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2004

The Mandate

By Nikolai Erdman Adapted by Declan Donnellan

Paperback £10.99£8.79

A chillingly grotesque farce set in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, banned for decades in the USSR and revived in this uproarious new version by Declan Donnellan.

Moscow, 1924. The early days of the Soviet Union. Communism is everywhere - little understood but greatly feared. A landlord must pretend to be a Communist. His cook is mistaken for the missing princess Anastasia, and his lodger is threatening them with the militia.

Nikolai Erdman's play The Mandate was written in 1924 and first performed in 1925 in a production directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold.

This English version by acclaimed director Declan Donnellan was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in 2004, in a production directed by Donnellan.

Press Quotes

'A comedy that's perfect for our times'


'Declan Donnellan's lively translation brings to life an unsettling transitional world, which combines Jazz Age flappers and farcical antics with an ominous threat offstage. An illuminating take on how we all might behave in dangerous, chaotic times'

Time Out

'A bilious attack on the panic, fear and loss of identity of post-revolutionary Russia... compelling viewing'

Paperback,96 pages ISBN: 9781854598257Publication Date:
14 Oct 2004
Size: 195mm x 130mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Declan Donnellan:

The Actor and the Space
The Actor and the Target
Great Expectations
The Actor and the Target & The Actor and the Space - BUNDLE DEAL

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