The Master & Margarita
Magic, mayhem, and a book that can't be burnt - a classic of literature lets fly at Belvoir.
An actor enters with a battered copy of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, and begins to read aloud from the opening chapter…
We’re in a city run by fools and mediocrities. Elites protect their power, thinkers squabble over trivia, everyone is consumed by greed and materialism. And sitting on a park bench in this city is the Devil himself. Why is he here?
The story that follows is wild, joyful and magnificent. The tale unfurls from ancient Galilee to Stalin’s Moscow, via a giant talking cat, a mad novelist, a ruthless officer of the secret police… At its centre is Margarita, who has to become a witch in order to save a lost manuscript – and us all.
Written in secret in the gloom of repression, passed around under the nose of the state police, The Master and Margarita became a legend long before it was published. Now it is a phenomenon of world literature, celebrated for its insistence that love and imagination* will always triumph over those who want to shut us down.
*And perhaps public nudity ; )
Content warning: This production includes full nudity – and we do mean full!
- Due to the nudity involved, the recommended age is 18+.
- The production doesn’t include any violence, sexual activity or coarse language, so discretion and consideration is only required around nudity.
- Cast members of all genders are nude.
- Some of the three instances of nudity are prolonged.
- The nudity is not intended gratuitously, and reflects the novel as written by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Nudity in the play represents freedom from social constructs (particularly gendered constructs) and plays out as both an interrogation of identity and allusion to the supernatural.
Find out more about The Master & Margarita. Presented by Belvoir St Theatre.