Theatrical adaptations of The Master and Margarita
Plays staged between 2001 and 2020
So far, 2011 was the year with the highest number of representations of The Master and Margarita. In part this was due to the fact that the piece was part of the standard repertoire of 17 theatres and lengthened over and over again. In 2012, for example, the famous Yuri Lyubimov at the Taganka Theatre in Moscow started its 35th season.
But in 2011, the 120th anniversary of Mikhail Bulgakov was also taken by many theater people as an opportunity to bring a tribute to the master. Throughout the year, works of Bulgakov were brought on scene throughout the world. And the Moscow director Roman Viktyuk started a major tour with his Мастер и Маргарита [Master i Margarita] adaptation. But that was mainly to celebrate his own 75th birthday.
The year 2011 also brought some changes in the performances of Мастер и Маргарита [Master i Margarita] in Moscow, the city of the master. Director János Szász, who had been directing his A Mester és Margarita in Budapest, Hungary for many years, was invited by the Moscow Chekhov Art Theater, where Bulgakov himself had been working, to create a new adaptation. He created quite some commotion by presenting a contemporary version of it, including scenes in a subway tunnel. At one point of the representation, bank notes fluttered down from the ceiling on the audience. The Stanislavsky Theatre was also talk of the town. It fired its artistic director Aleksander Galibin, the actor who had played the role of the master in the TV series Мастер и Маргарита [Master i Margarita] by Vladimir Bortko. Galibin was replaced by Valery Belyakovich, the director who had, since 1993, continuously been directing theatre adaptations of The Master and Margarita in the Moscow theatres South-West and Arbat.
One of the most striking new stage operations at the beginning of this decade was The Master and Margarita by the London based theatre company Complicite and directed by Simon McBurney. In 2011 it was performed a few times in Luxembourg and Plymouth, eventually going to premiere in London on March 15, 2012. Next came a tour including performances in Vienna, Amsterdam and the famous Theatre Festival in Avignon, France.
You can view the details of the performances by clicking on a year at the top of this page. If you observe errors in the data or if you got information about other performances, please feel free to contact us.