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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

“Doctor Zhivago” is one of the greatest literary love stories of all time. This ageless, heart-wrenching classic has not lost any of its charm, and keeps moving subsequent generations of fans. The trials and tribulations of the main protagonist, Dr. Yuri Zhivago, and his lover Lara Guichard take place against the historical transformations of 20th-century Russia. The musical, whose Polish premiere was prepared by the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, is an adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel, which had for many years been banned in Soviet Russia. The book’s typescript was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and first published in Italy. The western world immediately acknowledged the beauty and captivating power of the work, awarding Pasternak with the Nobel Prize in Literature, which the author—intimidated by communist smear campaigns—never picked up. “Doctor Zhivago” is not just a story of a tumultuous affair and sudden impulses of the heart—above all, it conveys the feelings that inevitably accompany difficult life choices. Ultimately, the entire production may be summed up as a confession of love, which remains valid irrespective of the time and place. Lucy Simon’s compositions resonate with powerful emotions and shudders of the heart, reflecting the most beautiful aspects of the great writer’s novel.

SYNOPSIS

The musical follows the life (and loves) of Yuri Zhivago, doctor and poet, in the years preceding World War I, through the February and October Revolutions, the ensuing civil war and emergence of the Soviet Union. The plot features a number of interrelated threads and events, but the main dramatic focus is on the five protagonists: three men in love with one women, and two women in love with the same man, whose fates are tossed by the winds of war and revolution. Each of the characters experiences first-hand the consequences of a collapsing social order and moral codes in their time.

PRODUCTION

The production clearly refers to the original setting of the novel. The monumental set design reflects the fall of tsardom and the birth of the Soviet super-state, while the turmoil of war is realistically and atmospherically conveyed by creatively choreographed group battle scenes. The sumptuous visual layer of the musical is backed with a complex score, where the attentive ear will discern echoes of classical pieces by 20th-century Russian composers. The libretto was directly inspired by the poetic pendant to “Doctor Zhivago,” containing 25 poems by Boris Pasternak. The production is also informed by David Lean’s Oscar-winning Hollywood adaptation of the novel.


World premiere: 19 II 2011, The Lyric Theatre, Sydney
Polish premiere: 15 IX 2017

Be aware of stroboscopic and pyrotechnic and banging effects (Read more)
II–III 2019
3 hrs 20 min (one 25-minute intermission)
Polish
45–120 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1

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Trailer

Authors

Music: Lucy Simon
Book: Michael Weller
Songs Lyrics: Michael Korie, Amy Powers

Creators

Director: Jakub Szydłowski
Music Director: Grzegorz Berniak
Set Designer: Mariusz Napierała
Libretto Translation: Daniel Wyszogrodzki
Costume Designer: Anna Chadaj
Choreography: Jarosław Staniek
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Children’s Choir Director: Ewa Barbara Rafałko
Lighting Designer: Maciej Igielski
Multimedia Designer: Sylwester Łukaszuk
Producer: Damian Tanajewski & The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic
Executive Producer: Anna Jakubowska-Podsiad

Poster Designer: Mariusz Napierała

CREATIVE TEAM

Assistant Conductor: Mateusz Gwizdałła
Instrumentation: Krzysztof Dombek
Vocal Coach: Julia Chmielnik
Assistant Director: Justyna Schabowska
Associate Choreographer: Katarzyna Zielonka
Assistant Set Designer: Monika Ostrowska
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Monika Bierć
Pianist-Accompanist: Karina Komendera, Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska
Theatre Stage Managers: Maria Mitrosz, Radosław Zabłocki
Sound Technicians: Krzysztof Wolfard, Jacek Dziemidowicz, Karol Kopeć, Michał Kuźmicki, Mateusz Roman Pawelec
Recording Studio: Grzegorz Falkowski
Lighting Technicians: Mateusz Łukaszuk, Mateusz Bułatewicz, Barbara Jabłonowska, Karol Łobaczewski
Multimedia Technicians: Robert Burzyński, Piotr Grodzki, Adam Ostaszewski
Lead spot operators: Marek Jeżewski, Marcin Pogorzelski
Chief Stage Technician: Tomasz Parejko
Stage Technicians: Jarosław Bancerek, Piotr Przygoda
Set Construction Crew: Daniel Bąk, Piotr Bielawski, Artur Chajęcki, Grzegorz Czarnomysy, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowski, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Andrzej Świderski
Theatrical Make-up: Marta Lewkowska, Magdalena Szałaj
Make-up: Marta Lewkowska, Magdalena Szałaj
Hairstyles and Wigs: Natalia Karaś
Wigs: Anna Mecan
Prop Masters: Aneta Komenda, Marek Korycki
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało

Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak
Produced with the permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures Inc. and Turner Entertainment Co.
The Musical Zhivago was orginally produced by La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, California

Cast

Yuri Zhivago
Łukasz Zagrobelny / Rafał Drozd
Lara Guichard
Paulina Janczak / Agnieszka Przekupień / Anna Gigiel
Victor Komarovsky
Tomasz Steciuk / Damian Aleksander / Dariusz Kordek
Pasha Antipov/Strelnikov
Tomasz Bacajewski / Marcin Wortmann / Bartłomiej Łochnicki
Tonia Gromeko
Monika Ziółkowska / Monika Bestecka / Dorota Białkowska
Alexander Gromeko
Tomasz Madej / Grzegorz Pierczyński
Anna Gromeko
Anita Steciuk / Anna Sztejner
Liberius
Barłomiej Łochnicki / Maciej Nerkowski
Gints
Maciej Nerkowski / Rafał Supiński

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra

Others

Young Tonia
Oliwia Mortel / Amelia Smuczyńska / Maja Sobolewska
Young Lara
Klara Biernacka / Julia Siewko
Young Zhivago
Wiktor Januszewski / Tomasz Jerominek / Krzysztof Mądry
Sasha
Jakub Wąsiński / Klaudiusz Suma
Katerina
Julia Dmochowska / Weronika Konopacka
Pop
Krzysztof Drugow / Roman Chumakin
Tusia
Wojciech Ziółkowski / Kiryll Lepay
Tusia’s fiancée
Dorota Białkowska / Monika Ziółkowska
Kubarika
Monika Ziółkowska / Dorota Białkowska
Markiel
Bogdan Kordy / Krzysztof Stankiewicz
Yanko
Rafał Supiński / Kamil Wróblewski
Shulgin
Maksym Fedorov / Leszek Gaiński
Gulyobowa
Sylwia Mądra / Karolina Kuklińska
Nadia
Anna Gigiel / Joanna Jurczuk
Yelenka
Anna Gigiel / Hanna Różankiewicz / Justyna Schabowska
Speaker
Mateusz Stachura / Krzysztof Szyfman

Ballet

Katarzyna Gocał
Hanna Mocarska
Klaudia Janicka
Natalia Jóźwiak
Nika Warszawska
Ewelina Kruk
Klaudia Nierodzik
Anna Łaskarzewska
Aleksandra Januszak
Arkadiusz Jarosz
Patryk Rybarski
Bartłomiej Marszałek
Bartosz Statkiewicz
Tomasz Kaczyński
Karol Pruciak
Tomasz Graczyk
Daniel Gołub

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