Directed by Ceri Sherlock

"Mozart and Salieri", probably the best known of Pushkin's `Little Tragedies', was written in 1830 during the peak of the poet's creative powers. Like the other Little Tragedies it is a `closet drama' which concentrates on the devastating effects of an all-consuming human passion, in this case envy. Mozart and Salieri typifies Pushkin's implicational technique of character construction: the salient points of a fictional psyche are highlighted sufficiently to suggest inner depth while stopping short of precise concretication; this allows full play to lectorial inference on a plurality of connotational levels - thematic, psychological and sociological.

The present work isolates two major thematic dominants in the play - envy and music - and these form the focus for its aesthetic and psychological preoccupations respectively.

Photograph by Alastair Muir



  • - The Quay Theatre (Sudbury)
  • - Warwick Arts Centre (Coventry)
  • - Sherman Theatre (Arena) (Cardiff)
  • - Arena Theatre (Wolverhampton)
  • - Leighton Buzzard Theatre (Leighton Buzzard)
  • - Uxbridge (Uxbridge)
  • - Theatre Royal (Winchester)
  • - St Albans (St Albans)
  • - The New Vic (Bristol)
  • - Blackpool Grand Theatre (Blackpool)
  • - Bury St. Edmunds (Bury St. Edmunds)
  • - Wimbledon King's School (London)
  • - Watermans Arts centre (Brentford)