Theatrical adaptations of The Master and Margarita
Over the years, hundreds of theatre companies worldwide have made one or more stage adaptations of The Master and Margarita. Which is actually not obvious for such a complex novel with three story lines, numerous characters and so many fantastic scenes.
It took five years before the first theatrical adaptation of The Master and Margarita was presented on stage. It did not happen in the Soviet Union though, but in Krakow, Poland, on June 26, 1971. From 1971 to 1977, all theatre adaptations of The Master and Margarita were Polish, by the way.
Until the beginning of the 90s, the number of theatre adaptations of The Master and Margarita was quite limited. There were several years in which no new productions were realized. But the last twenty years, the number of adaptations increased exponentially. In the year 2012, we had 27 different adaptations when we started making this inventory. And it was the beginning of March, so the year had actually not really started yet.
On the top of this article you can click the decades from 1971 to today. For each decade, the theatre plays are grouped by the year.
Next to some plays you will find clickable icons as shown in the column on the right of this page. By clicking on the icons, you can view the posters of the plays, read reviews or the program folders, or watch selected video clips. For the pictures of the early Polish theatre adaptations, the icons will link you to e-teatr.pl, a comprehensive website with a huge database with information on Polish theatre plays.
If you observe errors in the data or if you got information about other performances, please feel free to contact us.
In our directory, you will find some clickable icons offering extra information on the plays.
To view a poster of the play
To view the program folder of the play
To view a video clip of the play
To listen to an excerpt