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

12 minutes ago
A lifeboat crew from Tower station rushed to save the boy's life [Image from RNLI]

A teenage boy was saved from drowning on Sunday as a Youtube dare went horribly wrong.

Read more
The potentially lethal pills were sold as impotence, slimming and anti-smoking aids [Photograph by Met Police]

A 62-year-old man from Hackney and a 34-year-old man from Barnet have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering as police try to smash a gang that sells deadly pills across the world.

Read more
Messages being spread on social media about a terror threat on the Tube are a hoax, say police (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Messages claiming a ‘terror threat’ was about to hit London Underground and urging people not to get the Tube this morning are a hoax, say police.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

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.

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.

Quizzes

Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more