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Re-staging Stalinism: 'Golyi Korol’' at the Sovremennik theatre.

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In 1960 the Sovremennik theatre staged Evgenii Shvarts’ previously banned play ‘Golyi korol’’ (The Naked King). The production created enormous controversy and nearly led to the theatre being shut down due to the play’s satirical take on Stalinism and Soviet power. This paper will explore the way the production re-interpreted official memories of Stalinism with a new narrative that implicitly critiqued the current Soviet hierarchy.

This talk is part of the Russian Graduate Seminar Group (RUSSGRADS) series.

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