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October by Sergei Eisenstein

 Eisenshtein Kinoklassika Russian film London

26th October, 2017

Join Kino Klassika on 26 October 2017 at the Barbican for a landmark screening of the new restoration of Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece October (1927) with live accompaniment by the London Symphony Orchestra and leading film in concert conductor Frank Strobel. 

The screening takes place on the the centenary of the storming of the Winter Palace and the start of the Russian Revolution, 26 October 2017, and is a highlight of the Barbican’s year long Film in Focus programme.

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Song of the Swans


4, 5, 6th October, 2017

Song Of The Swans is a timeless play by an acclaimed kazakh playwright Dulat Issabekov, that transcends culture, language and religion. The fairy-tale tells a story of two lovers, Zhibek and Tolegen. On their wedding day an evil ruler kidnaps Zhibek and gives her forty days to agree to his own proposal. There is no escape from the tower of Bekezan's castle, but the old legend says that “if your love is pure, you can turn into a white swan…” As with all fairy tales and fables the characters face perils, battles and frightful moral choices.

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A Dog’s Heart

Dogs Heart Bulgakov Russian London

5, 6, 7th October, 2017

After Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel

In a surrealistic world, a brilliant medical professor transforms a stray dog into a monstrous man who turns on his creator... Written in 1925, Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical masterpiece was banned in Russia for 60 years for its controversial portrayal of the social clash between classes and generations. The story, featuring a stray dog named Sharik who takes human form as a narcissistic incarnation of the New Soviet Man is traditionally interpreted as an allegory of the Communist revolution. Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, London based Russian company Xameleon Theatre presents an interactive, original take on a tale still surprisingly relevant in today’s divided world. 

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Love in a Nutshell


14, 15, 16th June, 2017

Love in a Nutshell – stage adaptation of Chekhov’s short stories

The show is a stage adaptation of Chekhov’s short stories exploring love and relationships between people.
Recognisable and timeless sketches of everyday life from the pen of one of the most beloved Russian playwrights come together in a humorous and at the same time touching performance. Ironic, visceral, hilarious and sad - such is the prism of life to Chekhov and such is this show.

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DDT Russian rock band in London

Russian rock band music in London


After 5 years, DDT is coming back to London and the Eventim Apollo with a legendary show titled "The History of Sound" that will feature the best of DDT since the band's formation.

"The History of Sound" is a new programme launched in late 2016 to take you through all the musical styles of the band's long history: from rhythm and blues to industrial and indie rock. This special concert programme encompasses all of the major works, styles and hits of DDT in one astounding show.

Brought to you by Perkon Productions.

Venue: Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9QH

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Russian rock band music DDT in London 


'The Cherry Orchard' in Arcola Theatre

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Till 25th March, 2017

“Something will happen, you see; if not today, then tomorrow.”

Madame Ranevsky has come home to her family estate, and the cherry orchard is just as glorious as ever. But debts are beginning to pile up, and a momentous change is brewing…

Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece is a gleaming and shattering drama about a family on the edge of ruin, and a nation on the brink of revolution.

Olivier award-nominated Sian Thomas, who has received an Off West End award nomination for her performance as Mme Ranevsky, and the Revolution Ensemble perform one of the best-loved plays of all time.

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UK Premiere of Up & Down by Eifman Ballet

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 6-10th December, 2016

Returning to the ENO London Coliseum for the UK Premiere of Artistic Director Boris Eifman’s new work, Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg presents Up & Down, a dynamic reinterpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated final novel Tender is the Night.

Set in the magnificent Jazz Age to the invigorating music of George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg, the piece evokes the unstoppable feast of life; the era of freedom, sensuality and hedonism.

Up & Down follows the rise and fall of a promising young psychoanalyst and one of his patients; presenting the bizarre kaleidoscope of obsessions, fears and fragments of patients’ minds. The characters’ own ups and downs are masterfully recreated by Boris Eifman and his dancers as this new choreography allows us to experience this beautiful and tragic story in a new, innovative and multi-dimensional way.

Video of the ballet performance

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Do we need canonical ways of learning Russian?

Russian language textbook Ignaty Dyakov cover

'The Story Canonisation: for learners of the Russian language (for those who are still alive)’ - "Rasskaz-kanonizatsiya" in Russian – follows the continuing story of George, a Guadeloupean banker embarking on a journey that sees his day to day life set against a series of most peculiar events. But there also is a second, historical storyline, following a Russian professor who fled his country after the Bolshevik 1917 Revolution. Their lives cross… in the book.

“I was inspired by the talent of Mikhail Bulgakov, who mastered the skill of talking about complex subjects in an ironic form, I began writing the book which you can now see”, says Ignaty Dyakov.

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Vitaly Pisarenko at Wigmore Hall in London

Vitaly Pisarenko photo - Russian pianist in London

16 April, 2015 at Wigmore Hall


You are invited to a very special concert featuring the extraordinarily talented young Russian pianist, VITALY PISARENKO, who will be playing at Wigmore Hall in London on Thursday, 16th April (7.30pm).  Vitaly won the prestigious International Franz Liszt Competition in 2008 (aged 21) – and as the eminent pianist, Leslie Howard said:  ‘This will be a concert about which, in years to come, the lucky people who were in attendance will be able to say: “I was there when the great Pisarenko gave his first Wigmore recital!”’

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Do you need Provocation to learn Russian?


16 December, 2014 7:30pm at Pushkin House in London


Having published ‘The Story Provocation: for learners of the Russian language (yes, yes, and for you too!)’ - “Rasskaz-provokatsiya” in Russian, his second unconventional language textbook, earlier this year Ignaty thought it may be useful to share his experience of teaching Russian to business people. On the night, he’ll share his observations and offers some tips to make learning Russian for business more efficient.

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"The Dragon" by Y. Schwartz in London

Dragon Russian in Southwark London

Tangram Theatre Company take over Southwark Playhouse’s Little space this Christmas

When Lancelot arrives at Elsa’s door, falls hopelessly in true love and discovers she’s to be sacrificed the next day, he challenges the town’s Dragon to a fight to the death. What he’s not expecting is that the townspeople will do anything and everything to stay in chains.

Brand new show THE DRAGON by Yevgeny Schwartz

in a new adaptation by Daniel Goldman and Company.
Directed by Daniel Goldman.

Run: Tuesday 16 December 2014 – Saturday 10 January 2015

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Doing Business in Russia


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Friday 18th July

Start time: 9:00 registration for 9:30 start

End time: 12:00


This seminar is aimed as an introduction for UK companies looking to do business in Russia. The main considerations, opportunities and challenges will be discussed, as well as Russian business culture. Hosted at the City Business Library, ‘Doing business in Russia’ will feature presentations by the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce and Ignaty Dyakov (Russia Local Ltd.)

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"Mariinsky Opera": Russian Music, Russian Soul

Mariinsky Opera

3–5 November, 2014 at the Barbican Centre


The masterful Valery Gergiev brings his "Mariinsky Opera" to the Barbican, showcasing Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, the ultimate Russian Nationalist epic, and the UK premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s The Left-Hander, based on a famous satirical fable about Russia’s relationship with the West. The Mariinsky Chorus brings the residency to a close with Russian Orthodox sacred choral music and folksong, the twin traditions that inform Rodion Shchedrin’s and Modest Mussorgsky’s operas.

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Russian folk music concert


Support HealthProm, an international development charity dedicated to promoting health and social care for women and children in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, and enjoy an evening of music, food, and drinks!

Join us on Thursday June 5th at 6pm at the Sutton's Hospital at Charterhouse.

Performances will be given by London's Russian Choir, led by Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd, and Mazaika, with Sarah Harrison (violin) and Igor Outkine (accordion).

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Valeriy Meladze Concert in London

Valeriy Meladze Russian singer in London



Valeriy Meladze is a Russian singer of Georgian descent. He is the brother of composer and producer Konstantin Meladze, who writes songs for him. Valeriy Meladze is among today’s top 20 popular Russian performers.




Peter Daniels reads Khodasevich

Peter Daniels

Khodasevich is one of the great undiscovered poets of the 20th century . . . Peter Daniels’ translations capture the rhythm and soul of his art.’  – Martin Sixsmith

PETER DANIELS reads and discusses his translations of Selected Poems by Vladislav Khodasevich, some of which will be read in the original Russian. 

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"The Snowmaiden" in London

snowmaiden in london

A Rimsky-Korsakov masterpiece, The Snowmaiden opera is boisterous, raunchy and quirky - including a Chorus of Birds and a Chorus of Flowers, among a myriad of Russian peasantry and nobility, the odd scarecrow, wood-goblins, blind zither-players and many more colourful characters.

Monday 24th March at 7.30pm

Wednesday 26th March at 7.30pm
Friday 28th March at 7.30pm
Saturday 29th March at 7.30pm

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The Nutcracker On Ice

Nutcracker on Ice Russian theatre in London

International ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars take to a specially frozen London Palladium stage for the West End premiere of a dazzling new production of The Nutcracker on Ice for fourteen magical performances only.

Join Marie in a shimmering winter wonderland as her dreams lead her on a fantastical journey through a world where nothing is quite as it seems. Against a backdrop of colourful sets, lavish costumes, flying, acrobatics, illusions and special effects, she meets the magician Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King, her Nutcracker Prince and the beautiful Lilac Fairy.

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London Maths Olympiad ”Vertical”

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Application Deadline: 9th of May, 2014

We invite 9-16 years olds to take part in the first London Maths Olympiad!! If you love math puzzles and brain-teasers, love solving original problems and tasks, that's the competition for you.

All participants are to compete within 3 different age groups: 9 –11; 12 –14 and 15 –16 y.o. Contestants will face problems in numeracy, logic, geometry and general acuteness.

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'The Love Girl & the Innocent' by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Love Girl Image New Russian in London

The first London production in over 30 years, this brand new version of The Love Girl & the Innocent is a gripping love story set against the struggles of sex, power and survival.

Russia. 1945. Nemov is serving a 10 year sentence.

Conscripted as chief of his work group, Nemov is confronted with the prison system’s hypocrisy and his loyalties are pushed to the limits.

How long can he stand up to the brutality and injustice of the camp and a regime that thrives on power, corruption, and sexual amorality?

When Nemov meets Lyuba, one of the women prisoners – a “love girl”, he is tempted further, and forced to betray his own moral integrity.

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The Moment of Truth


In its first professional staging since an acclaimed 1951 premiere, Peter Ustinov’s largely forgotten play is about the mechanics of toppling governments, the pretences of war and the power of propaganda.

A republic is poised to fall. The only remaining members of an unpopular government are its cynical Prime Minister and a naïve, emotional Foreign Secretary. The invading army has it’s boots upon the soil of this crumbling nation. Inside the cabinet office, toy soldiers and old icons of military glory veil the realities of war and bloodshed. Death, in a moment of truth was never so real.

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sunstroke theatre russian performance london

'I must have lost my mind. It was like an eclipse... or rather, as if we had both suffered some kind of sunstroke.'

A blisteringly hot Russian summer: a Muscovite banker meets a solitary married woman on the Russian Riviera; a dashing lieutenant on board a holiday steamer down the Volga has a chance encounter with a beautiful young woman. In the intoxicating heat, passions burn high and their lives are changed forever.
Two of the great masters of Russian literature, Anton Chekhov and Ivan Bunin, explore the bittersweet nature of love outside marriage, its romantic idealism and the painful realisation of irreversible loss.

Chekhov's The Lady with the Dog and Bunin's Sunstroke are dynamically adapted for the stage for the first time by Belka Productions.

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Maxim Galkin Concert in London

Maxim Galkin Russian comedian in London in English

The Troxy is playing host to some very special Russian event: a new show from one of the most popular Russian comedians Maxim Galkin on the 22nd of September.

Maxim Galkin is a Russian comedian. He first became famous as an impersonator and is known for his talent at parody and his duets with the famous Russian pop singer Alla Pugacheva and Ani Lorak. Galkin was also the host of the Russian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

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