Alexandr Pushkin: Boris Godunov
On 17 February 1598 an unusual event happened in Russian history: instead of inheritance, the zar was elected by the national assembly. As Boris Godunov, the newly elected zar, did not have any relationship with the royal family, the Russian noblemen and the people were reluctant to accept him on the throne. We still do not know how he could manage to get into power; it is common belief that he committed terrible crimes in order to achieve his aim, among which the main one is the suspected murder of the prevoius zar's son, Dimitry.
Everyone was astonished when, in the fifth year of Boris's reign, a young monk turned up saying that he was Dimitry, alive, and wanted to acceed to the throne. The most chaotic times of Russian history started with his appearance. Civil wars, bloody political battles for the throne were going on in Russia. After Boris's death seven false Dimitries announced their desire to acceed to the throne, and the people had to put up with four zars during these wars.
No wonder that the people were more and more stoic and disillusioned when they saw the new zars getting into power.
|Father Varlaam, Boyar, Cossack, Man of People
|Driveller, Father Misail, Boyar, Moscow exile
|Koshkin, Russian exile
|Patriarch, Rosnov, Captive
|Innkeeper, Nurse, Woman of People
|Marina's companion, Courtier, Woman of People
|Varatinskij; Rosen, German officer
|Kabanov, Man of People, Border Guard
|Kurbskij, Courtier, Boyar
|Poet; Margaret, French officer
|Man of People, Sobanski, Border Guard
|Attila G. László
|Tóbiás Zsámbéki/Zétény Varga
|Annamária Radnai and János Térey
|Set and Costume Design
|István Szlávik, Györgyi Szakács
|Assistant to Director
27 May, 2017
120 minutes with interval