“Adrian Mitchell’s new adaptation, which features passages in verse, has a pleasingly dry sense of humour.” —The Stage
“A springy translation by Adrian Mitchell.” —The Independent
Widely accepted to have been inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Boris Godunov recounts the tragic conflict between Tsar Boris and the pretender Dimitri. Following the death of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov became regent for the feeble-minded Tsar Fyodor, the heir to whose throne, the boy-prince Dimitri, died mysteriously in 1591. It was widely rumored that Boris had murdered him, and when a renegade monk later appeared claiming to be Dimitri, he rapidly became a focus for revolt.
This adaptation by acclaimed playwright and novelist Adrian Mitchell, was Mitchell’s final project before his death in 2008 and formed part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Winter 2012 season.
Adrian Mitchell was a much-loved playwright, poet and activist. His work in the theatre spans more than four decades. It includes original plays, many of them based on his heroes including William Blake, Mark Twain and Erik Satie, and adaptations of Spanish Golden Age and Russian classics. He worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre and his plays have been performed across the world.