Saturday, December 17, 2011

Complicité’s performance of “The Master and Margarita"

"...'It was like this’, the prisoner began talking  eagerly. 'The evening before last, near the temple, I made the acquaintance of a young  man who called himself Judas, from the town of Kiriath. He invited me to his place in the Lower City and treated me to...'
     'A good man?' Pilate asked, and a devilish fire flashed in his eyes.
     'A very good man and an inquisitive one,' the prisoner confirmed. ‘He showed the greatest  interest in my thoughts and received me very cordially...'
     'Lit the lamps...' Pilate spoke through his teeth, in the same tone as the prisoner, and his eyes glinted.
     Yes,' Yeshua went on, slightly surprised that  the procurator was so well informed, 'and asked me to give my view of state authority. He was extremely interested in this question.'
     'And what did you say?' asked Pilate.'Or are you going to reply that you've forgotten what you said?' But there was already hopelessness in Pilate's tone.
     `Among other things,' the prisoner recounted,`I said that all authority is violence over people, and that a time will come when there will be no authority of the Caesars, nor any other authority. Man will pass into the kingdom of truth and justice, where generally there will be no need for any authority.'
     'Go on!'
     'I didn't go on,' said the prisoner. 'Here men ran in, bound me, and took me away to prison.’...
Extract from the novel “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov     

The British theatre group “Complicité” is one of the most exciting theatre groups in the world today. Their amazing performance of Bulgakov’s masterpiece “ The Master and Margarita” left the audience stunned. Incorporating moving cameras projected on the screen, shadow play, puppets, miming, microphones and superb acting throughout they did much better justice to the play than Pontius Pilate would ever hope for if he could turn back the time. All hail Simon McBurney! Next performances are scheduled for 15 March 2012 - 7 April 2012 / 19:15, 14:00 at the Barbican Theatre in London. Don’t miss it for the world.


  1. I totally agree do not miss it for the worlds. Thank you for the suggestion! Dimitra

  2. I am glad you liked it too Dimitra!