Pushkin: Poetry & Performance

09th December 2015 19:30
Royal Opera House, Clore Studio
Bow St, London WC2E 9DD
In celebration of the revival of Kasper Holten’s Eugene Onegin and produced in partnership with the Royal Opera House, we explore the life and works of Alexander Pushkin, one of Russia’s greatest poets and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Joining us on the night with for a fascinating discussion will be broadcaster, comedian and Russophile Viv Groskop, leading Pushkin academic Professor Andrew Kahn and the acclaimed director Kasper Holten. With live music and poetry throughout the evening, don't miss this special event. Poems will be performed by the celebrated actor Geoffrey Streatfeild. 

Viv Groskop is a writer, comedian, broadcaster and committed Russophile. She is the Artistic Director of the Independent Bath Literature Festival. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, over the past twenty years her byline has appeared in all the major newspapers. She worked for Russian Vogue from London as a contributing editor for 10 years and has lived in Moscow and St Petersburg. Her best-selling comedy memoir I Laughed, I Cried charted her move into stand-up comedy in her late thirties and formed the basis of her first five-star Edinburgh show in 2013.

Kasper Holten was appointed Director of Opera for The Royal Opera in 2011. An acclaimed director of opera and theatre, he has directed more than 65 productions, including an award-winning Ring cycle for Royal Danish Opera. He made his directorial debut at the Royal Opera House with Eugene Onegin in 2013 and has since directed Don Giovanni, L’Ormindo and Król Roger for the Company. He was appointed artistic director of Royal Danish Opera in 2000 at the age of 27, a post he held for 11 years. He has received a knighthood (2003) and a medal Ingenio et Arti (2011) from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Andrew Kahn is Professor of Russian Literature and Tutor in Modern Languages (Russian) at the University of Oxford. His research interests span the Russian Enlightenment, the works of Alexander Pushkin and Russian poetry. He has published widely on Pushkin and Russian literature, including editing the Cambridge Companion to Pushkin (CUP 2007).


Please note that, after booking, your tickets will be available for collection from the Royal Opera House Box Office at 7pm on the night of the event (Weds 9th December). Seating is numbered, and your allocated seat number will appear on your ticket. 

You may book a maximum of two tickets for this event. Subject to availability.

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