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"An elegantly gliding evocation of a short-lived era... sumptuous."

Exeunt Magazine


“A thoroughly original and fascinating piece.” 

London Theatre


"Imaginatively conceived and well performed."

The Public Review


“Perfection – leaves the audience enchanted” 

The Upcoming

"Peversion, heartbreak and clouds of smoke... Belka's work is never less than interesting."

The Kompass

"A dream, treat, and delight - a powerful picture of love and loss, played with energy and precision by a uniformly fine ensemble."



“Stunning... a near perfect theatre experience”

The Camden Review


Peter Clements

Edward Cole

Luke Courtier

Kate Craggs

Joel Gorf

Madeleine Knight

Creative Team

Director: Simon Eves
Movement Director: Liana Nyquist Designer: Agnes Treplin
Musical Director: Rhys Lewis
Script & Lyrics: Rosy Benjamin & Ben Maier

Lighting Designer: Sarah McColgan

Sound Designer: Michael Umney
Assistant Director: Charlie Ely
Producer: Oliver King



22 April - 17 May 2014

"Fantasy, the flutter, the rapture of fantasy!"


The crumbling decadence of Germany, 1930: one man's desire takes him far beyond the boundaries of human decency; another's longings and regrets force him into a dangerous spiral of addiction; a third's erotic reveries culminate in a thrilling Faustian pact with the Devil herself. A cast of Russian émigrés, denizens of streetcar and gas-lit café, wander alone through the savage Mitteleuropean night. A series of fleeting encounters bring about irreversible decisions, blooming into worlds of deviance and delight.


In 2014 Belka Productions presented a devilish selection of short stories, originally written in Russian by Vladimir Nabokov. Adapted for the British stage for the first time, the production vividly animated the characters of one of the 20th century's most infamous masters of the imagination.

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