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Please see below for a list of upcoming and recent cultural events and readings organised by Belka Productions and our partners.


21 OCT 2017

ZHIVAGO

Alcove Entertainment and Belka Productions present

ZHIVAGO

A Rehearsed Reading

By James Fox

PUSHKIN HOUSE: WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2017, 7pm

Actor and writer James Fox was inspired to write this play by the events surrounding the publication of Boris Pasternak's famous novel, and the role of Isaiah Berlin's friendship with Pasternak and his influence on post second world war Western thinking.

The play will be read to an audience for the first time by a very special cast led by Simon Russell Beale, including Aoife McMahon, James Fox and Carmen du Sautoy.

Drinks will be served after the reading.

 

For tickets click here.

 

Runs 120 mins.

Cast: Carmen du Sautoy, James Fox, Aoife McMahon, Simon Russell Beale

Date: Wednesday 25th October 2017

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Tickets: £24 (includes drinks)

Venue: Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA


17 OCT 2017

DEATH OF STALIN

Entertainment One and Kevin Loader present Armando Ianucci's comedy of terrors

THE DEATH OF STALIN

IN UK CINEMAS: FRIDAY OCTOBER 20 2017 


The internal political landscape of 1950s Soviet Russia takes on a darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci.

On the night of March the 2nd 1953, a man is dying. A terrible stroke is wracking his entire body and if you play your cards right, his job is yours for the taking. The man is Joseph Stalin - dictator, tyrant, as well as Secretary General of the USSR.

With an all-star cast including Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine and Michael Palin, The Death of Stalin combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring. And it's all (loosely) based on true events.

 

 

 

For tickets and further information click here. 



10 OCT 2017

THE BOLSHOI IN CINEMAS

Trafalgar Releasing and Pathe present

THE BOLSHOI BALLET IN CINEMAS 

IN CINEMAS ACROSS THE UK: FROM 22 OCTOBER 2017


An incredible opportunity to see the internationally acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet perform some of their best work.

For the 8th consecutive year, the 2017-18 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season presents the greatest classics restaged by today's most celebrated choreographers for a cinema-exclusive experience featuring some of the nest dancers in the world. Three historical ballets recreated by Alexei Ratmansky (Le Corsaire, Romeo and Juliet and The Flames of Paris) will be shown on the big screen alongside John Neumeier's The Lady of the Camellias and Jean-Christophe Maillot's riveting The Taming of the Shrew. Three timeless classics and audience-favorites will complete the season: Giselle, The Nutcracker and Coppélia.

 

 

 

 

For tickets and further information click here.

 


 



24 SEP 2017

OCTOBER

Kino Klassica presnt Sergei Eisenstein's

OCTOBER

BARBICAN WITH THE LSO: THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017


 

Our friends at Kino Klassika present Sergei Eisenstein's 1927 silent film masterpiece, October, to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The film recreates the events of October 1917, and will be accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. The screening will take place 100 years to the date after the start of the October Revolution in Russia.

Eisenstein's October is an epic recreation of the events that led to the storming of the Winter Palace in October 1917. On the basis of the success of Battleship Potemkin (1924), the film was commissioned by the Soviet government to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Revolution. The film occupies a unique place in Eisenstein's work: its powerful, highly personal and controversial propagandist images led to widespread banning, with the first screenings in Britain only in 1935.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for London audiences to see a newly restored version of the film screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012, alongside the British premiere of a new restoration Edmund Meisel's original 1928 score.

For tickets and further information click here.

 


19 OCT 2016

UP & DOWN

Eifman Ballet present

UP & DOWN

ENO LONDON COLISEUM: TUESDAY 6 - SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2016

Eifman Ballet returns to the London Coliseum this December with the UK premiere of Artistic Director Boris Eifman's awe-inspiring ballet Up & Down featuring the invigorating music of George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg. This special visit will also be a celebration of the internationally renowned Company's 40th anniversary.

Based on the 1934 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel 'Tender Is the Night', 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. Set in the Jazz Age – the piece evokes the unstoppable feast of life; the era of freedom, sensuality, and hedonism.

 

For tickets and further information click here

 


08 JAN 2016

BOLSHOI BABYLON

Altitude Films present

BOLSHOI BABYLON

From the Producer of Man on Wire and Searching for Sugarman

IN UK CINEMAS: FRIDAY 8 JANUARY 2016

The Bolshoi. Symbol of Russia, a national treasure and one of the most famous institutions in the world. Recently, however, the theatre has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: intrigue, personal attacks and management changes have created lurid headlines. Now, for the first time, the theatre directors have allowed the backstage process to BE documented.

With unparalleled behind the scenes access, the film will pay tribute to the dancers' extraordinary artistic and athletic talents, their abiding fear of injury and the ruthless ambition needed to survive in the world's most famous ballet company.

 

"Makes Black Swan look tame by comparison" 

TOTAL FILM

 

Directed by Nick Read
Produced & Co-directed by Mark Franchetti
Executive produced by Simon Chinn & Maxim Pozdorovkin

Starring: Sergei Filin, Vladimir Urin, Boris Akimov, Maria Alexandrova, Dimitry Medvedev

www.bolshoibabylon.com


08 DEC 2015

THE FORTY FIRST

Oliver King for Belka Productions present

THE FORTY FIRST

A Rehearsed Reading

A new adaptation, by James Elliott, of Boris Lavrenyev's classic novel

Pushkin House, London: 8th DECEMBER 2015

1922. A desert island in the Aral Sea, Russia: the scene of a miracle, as Maryutka Filatovna, crack sharpshooter for the Red Army in the Russian Civil War, fights to survive a brutal winter, to deliver her captive and sole companion to justice: White Army Lieutenant, Vadim.

1932. A cell, somewhere in the Soviet Union: the scene of a nightmare, as Maria Basova, the 'Poet of the Volga' and alleged dissident, fights to be allowed to die, her only possible escape from the brutal interrogation of Stalin's NKVD.

In the unimaginable and incomprehensible horrors of a Russian winter and Stalin's purges, one woman fights to prove her devotion to the one thing in her life she has ever truly loved. But what do the NKVD want from her? What brought them to this Communist Party hero? And what really happened on that island?

Belka Productions are thrilled to present a rehearsed reading of this new play, adapted for the stage from Boris Lavrenyev's classic novel for the very first time.

Runs 120 mins.

Cast: Tamla Kari, Benjamin O'Mahony, Jamie Sives

Date:       Tuesday 8th December 2015

Time:      7pm - 8.30pm

Tickets:  £10 / £8

Venue:    Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

For further information and tickets click here or call 020 7269 9770


29 OCT 2015

MIRRORING TARKOVSKY

The BFI presents

MIRRORING TARKOVSKY

A season of Tarkovsky's magnificent films screened throughout October and November by the BFI

20 OCTOBER - 14 NOVEMBER 2015, BFI, London

SPECIAL 2 for 1 offer for Friends of Belka!

'Relating a person to the whole world: that is the meaning of cinema'
Andrei Tarkovsky

Working mostly under the Soviet system, Andrei Tarkovsky strove to transcend the limits of his subjects with each new film, thereby expanding our conception of film as art. Ivan's Childhood remakes the war film into a child's vision of play and revenge. Andrei Rublev reimagines the Russian history epic through an artist's unblinking eyes. Solaris stretches science fiction into new realms of psychological disquiet. Mirror's use of fractured time and vivid recall creates a unique and unforgettable memoir. Cold War conspiracy and paranoia can be found in the mind games of Stalker. An exiled writer's despair gets tested by Italy's beauty and mystery in Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice brings Tarkovsky's belief in self-denial to a blazing conclusion. These films – shown in gorgeous new digital prints – are among the most imaginative, moving and powerful you are ever likely to see.

To enjoy two tickets for the price of one just quote 'Tarkov' online, in person or over the phone (020 7928 3232).

For more information and tickets click here.


22 OCT 2015

THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH

107 Group & Belka Productions present

THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH

A Rehearsed Reading

A new adaptation, by Matthew Wilkinson, of Tolstoy's classic novella, part of the Bloomsbury Festival

22nd OCTOBER 2015, Pushkin House, London

A successful judge in 19th century St. Petersburg is forced to re-examine his life when a minor ailment turns into a mortal condition. An exuberant adaptation of Tolstoy's famous novella. Runs 90 mins.

Cast includes: Justin Avoth, Emily Bruni, Dominic Carter, Jason Cheater, Mark Webb.

107group's latest production, My Eyes Went Dark by Matthew Wilkinson (Finborough Theatre, Sept 2015), won rave reviews including four stars in the Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard and Time Out. It has been nominated for three Off West End Awards.

Date: Thursday 22nd October 2015

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Tickets: £10 / £8

Venue: Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

For further information and tickets click here or call 020 7269 9770

This reading is part of the Bloomsbury Festival. For more information on the Festival click here.


07 OCT 2015

THE MAISKY DIARIES

THE MAISKY DIARIES

An Illustrated Talk

Gabriel Gorodetsky in conversation with John Thornhill, with readings by Belka Productions' Oliver King

7th OCTOBER 2015, Pushkin House, London

Gabriel Gorodetsky talks about his new English edition (Yale University Press 2015) of the diaries of Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador in London 1932-43, to John Thornhill, Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. With excerpts from the diaries read by Belka Productions' Oliver King, and archival photographs. In English, followed by drinks.

Paul Kennedy, historian of international relations at Yale, has called Gorodetsky's new English edition 'really remarkable...perhaps the greatest political diary of the twentieth century'. In the words of Niall Ferguson, the book is 'a fascinating, rich volume, brimming over with insights into two radically different worlds'. Antony Beevor describes the book as 'not only a work of major historical importance. It also provides an utterly fascinating view of Anglo-Soviet relations and British politics during the critical period of 1932 to 1943.'

Date:  Wednesday 7 October 2015

Time: 6.30pm - 9pm

Venue: Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

For further information and tickets click here or call 020 7269 9770