The Brothers Karamazov mixes a classic text with contemporary theatricality
- Gareth K Vile
- 22 September 2017
Tron celebrates 35th birthday with Dostoyevsky classic
Richard Crane and Faynia Williams were the first dramaturge and artistic director of the Tron Theatre. To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Glasgow venue has invited them to stage an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's epic novel, The Brothers Karamazov. Exploring the author's fascination with themes of faith, family relationships, justice and redemption, it stands at the front of the literary canon, and gives Crane and Williams plenty of theatrical material.
'The audience in Glasgow should experience a new performance of a story that is classic and universal as well as topical and brand new,' they explain. 'There are no half measures with this show, as there were none with Dostoyevsky, whose major works arose out of his experience of a last-minute reprieve from execution and subsequent prison sentence in Siberia, where, incidentally, he lightened the load for his fellow inmates by directing them in vaudeville plays.'
This production fits elegantly within current artistic director Andy Arnold's programming, as it mixes a classic text with contemporary theatricality. The duo reject the simplistic adaptation of the novel, distilling the drama into a meeting between the four brothers, with the cast alternating roles. Ambitious, and fully aware of the source's depth, Crane and Williams both celebrate the classic and lend it a modern urgency.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 12–Sat 28 Oct.