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Dead Poets Live: Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin is a novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin, the greatest poem of Russia’s greatest poet. It was begun in 1823, written partly in exile, published serially between 1825 and 1832, and by 1837, the year in which Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel, already a poem of national significance. Today it’s a classic of 19th-century literature, translated and imitated all over the world, adapted for stage and screen.

At its centre is one of the great love stories, involving the eponymous Onegin, a fatigued dandy, withdrawn from society to the countryside, and Tatyana, younger sister to the fiancée of Onegin’s neighbour and friend, the ardent poet, Lensky.

For Christmas, Dead Poets Live present their own version – a staged reading, using Sir Charles Johnston’s miraculous translation – to translate the snowy steppe and St Petersburg to the intimate setting of the Coronet Theatre.

Dead Poets Live have established a cult following at The Coronet Theatre for their dramatised readings of classic poetry, attracting some of Britain’s finest actors including Charlotte Rampling, Miranda Richardson and Tom Hiddleston. All proceeds from their evenings go to the charity Safe Passage.

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Tues 17 – Thurs 19 Dec, 7:30pm



£30, £25

£15 under 30s

Concessions available

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Presented by Dead Poets Live

Devised and supported by T. S. Eliot Foundation