Theatre review: Anastasia at Pushkin House

11:43 25 April 2012

Anastasia at Pushkin House. Photo by Jack Ladenburg.

Anastasia at Pushkin House. Photo by Jack Ladenburg.

Archant

Enthralling drama about Russian princess made all the more gripping by atmospheric setting

Pushkin House is a beautiful period home in Bloomsbury dedicated to all things Russian.

So the Grade II listed property is a fitting backdrop for the mysterious and beguiling tale of Anastasia, the enigmatic Romanov princess.

The year is 1928, ten years after the murder of the Tsar and his family during the revolution.

Rumours abound that one of the Tsarina’s is still alive, and three desperate businessmen find a lookalike to fool the remainder of the royal family and get their hands on the £30million the Tsar left in London.

It’s a tense, atmospheric affair and the nature of the stage – the audience are sat in a drawing room and the action takes place right in front of them – makes it all the more gripping.

The performances also help - Andrew Byron is fantastic as the scheming General Bounin and Eileen Nicholas is a compelling mixture of strength and tenderness as the Dowager Empress.

It’s a great tale, albeit different from the famous 1956 movie, and retains the same air of bafflement surrounding the protagonist.

Watching this classic Russian fairytale in an ornate period home makes for an enthralling and enjoyable evening.

* Anastasia was at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury Square, WC1.

Latest Stories

15:01
The Back to the Future preview of Secret Cinema has been cancelled

Secret Cinema have cancelled their Back to the Future events until July 31.

Read more
32 minutes ago
The two parts of the chair were inspired by the curves of an anonymous male model [Photo courtesy of Gigi Barker][Photo courtesy of Gigi Barker]

A London designer has created a unique chair designed to look, feel and smell like human skin.

Read more
Planned engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Renault Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

The Week subscription offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more