Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sydney Theatre Company

The Great
By Tony McNamara

Russian History...? Well, no not exactly.

This is the story of Catherine the Great as re-imagined through the comic lens of Tony McNamara (The Give & Take, The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness).

When young Princess Sophia is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, she is transformed from sweet innocent abroad to the very apogee of Russian demagoguery.

Sophia doesn't like her husband, but she likes Russia. And she is very fond of Russian soldiers. Sophia learns the ways of the world and survives her disastrous marriage to become Catherine the Great.

A freewheeling comedy about love and punishment, how to grab power and hang onto it while bringing up children, dragging Russia into the enlightenment and trying to get laid.

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