Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to change the way they think, to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, I’ll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. It’s man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny.

Following its successful run in the Cottesloe Theatre, Collaborators is transferring to the Olivier Theatre on April 30 for a limited run.


Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (one intermission)

National Theatre (Olivier)

(London, )
(Waterloo) South Bank
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2019
The UK première of the hit Off-Broadway musical SHIDA, written and performed by Jeannette Bayardelle, is today announced. The award-winning production, directed by Andy Sandberg, opens at The Vaults on 13 September, with previews from 11 September, and runs until 13 October.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2019
See the world premiere stage rendition of Beckett's novel by Gare St Lazare Ireland, from Tuesday, September 3rd, to Saturday, September 7th, at 7.30pm (previews Tuesday, 3rd and Wednesday, 4th) at The Everyman Theatre, Cork.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2019
The National Ballet of Canada today announced the Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme will expand in the 2019/20 season to include Soulpepper Theatre Company along with returning collaborators The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and the Canadian Opera Company(COC).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2019
REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, announces adventurous international and LA performances featured in the Fall of 2019 beginning on September 12, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2019
High Concept Labs (HCL) today announces the Fall 2019 lineup of Artists in Residence. Ten artists and collaboratives will develop, rehearse, and present new, multidisciplinary work for Chicago audiences this season. In conjunction with rehearsal and performance space, HCL provides Resident Artists with administrative, marketing, production, and development assistance.
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 23, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
IMMERSIVE | LDN is a 32,000sq ft historic building in the heart of Mayfair, which was home to the Queen Victoria's Rifles Association until 2017. It includes three floors of immersive theatre and event spaces designated for performance, live gaming, events, escape rooms and private parties. For information about programming and venue hire visit
by Cicely Binford - Aug 20, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride & Brian Blade on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) has announced that it will be bringing its Traveling Masters program to Montana in partnership with the University of Montana and the Montana Repertory Theatre this month.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
Iconic pop futurist Charli XCX teams with enigmatic pop artist Sky Ferreira to release a new song “Cross You Out” off her soon-to-be-released third studio album “Charli” arriving on September 13th via Atlantic Records.
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
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by Isabella Perrone - Aug 15, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
 Following a sold-out season at Japan Society in April, internationally acclaimed choreographer Karole Armitage brings her latest dance production, You Took a Part of Me, inspired by Japanese Noh theater, to New York Live Arts this fall.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Casting has been announced for the Made at Curve production of West Side Story, running in Leicester this Christmas 23 Nov 2019 – 11 Jan 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts:
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Aug 12, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2019
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