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Fathers and Sons


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Ivan Turgenev 

  • Author Notes

    After the novel by Turgenev.

  • Setting

    The action takes place in Russia, in 1859.

  • Synopsis

    The play's central conflict is a clash between old, aristocratic, class-ridden Russia and the fanatic zeal of young nihilist revolutionaries. The young revolutionary Bazarov's views are clear: he wants to 'smash people' and make a 'complete clearance' in order to remake Russia. Life and fate frustrate Bazarov's politics and, when exposed to them, he has to respond as a human being and not as a cynical demagogue.

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  • Date of First Production

    08 July 1987

  • Producer

    Produced by Royal National Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Royal National Theatre

  • Venue Notes

    Performed on the Lyttelton Stage.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The Irish premiere took place at The Gate Theatre, Dublin on May 31st, 1988.

Original Cast  
Fenichka Fedosya Nikolayevna Lesley Sharp
Nikolai Petrovich Kirsanov Alec McCowen
Fedka Jim Millea
Timofeich Peter Halliday
Piotr Jay Villiers
Dunyasha Hazel Ellerby
Princess Olga Joyce Grant
Katya Sergeyevna Robin McCaffrey
Anna Sergeyevna Odintsov Meg Davies
Arina Vlassyevna Bazarov Barbara Jefford
Vassily Ivanyich Bazarov Robin Bailey
Pavel Petrovich Kirsanov Richard Pasco
Yevgeny Vassilyich Bazarov Robert Glenister
Prokofyich Anthony Brown
Production Team  
Director Michael Rudman
Designer Carl Toms
Music by Matthew Scott



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The information for this entry was taken from the published script.