• Director

    Oskaras KORŠUNOVAS

  • Duration

    3 h 30 min (two acts)

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Premiere date

    July 18, 2000


Premiered July 18, 2000 in International Avignon Theatre Festival


In the seventh decade of the last century “The Master and Margarita” was read like the Bible. What encouraged director Oskaras Koršunovas to take up the complex multidimensional material of the novel was the newly experienced freedom of creation and the offer of the organizers of the international Avignon Theater Festival to stage the play especially for this festival. “The Master and Margarita” premiered in Avignon; the performance quickly gained international success. About the French premiere O. Koršunovas said: “When the lights went out, the audience was supposed to hear the thunderous sound of paper shaken in the air, but it didn’t hear it, because the hall was flooded with a stormy ovation. The actors were invited to take a bow a dozen times. I perceived it as the greatest miracle of my theatrical career, because it was a unity of the material that is very dear to me and the most important festival. I am very happy.”

According to the author of the novel’s adaptation for the stage Sigitas Parulskis, the play was created using the approach of “a dream within a dream”: the mystery of life and death, recognition and oblivion, love and despair, takes place in the mind of Ivan the Homeless, a patient at the psychiatric hospital. This character embodies Bulgakov himself and the symbolic figure of a writer: together with his work and for his work, for his truth, like Christ, he must go through a variety of spiritual metamorphoses – from humiliation, violation, madness to the state of holiness.

The polysemous, polyphonic, virtuoso performance is hallucinating, and the space of hallucination is filled with demons and miracles, starting from actors who are young and beautiful as devils”; “15 actors who go wild for three straight hours, jumping, tumbling, creating quite a chaos and showing hellish tricks are not unlike 15 rope acrobats.” – wrote the French press about the wonder-filled performance.


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