‘to see salisbury’

by victor shenderovich


Last year the city of Salisbury became infamous for being the site of a showdown within the Russian secret service involving the new poison Novichok - a Russian word now firmly embedded in British reality. Over a year on and the theatre world has yet to respond to this significant event.

Victor Shenderovich is a well know and banned anti-Putin satirist in Russia. He has responded to this event with a funny and darkly surreal play that explores fake news, cultural identity and the fragile relationship between Russia and Britain.

A co-production between HUNCHtheatre and Stage RC, we are excited to introduce a new author to a British audience and explore this topical and complex issue. We made two versions - an English and Russian version - with different casts, both directed by Vladimir Shcherban.

‘To See Salisbury’ premiered at the Playground Theatre on 30th/31st March 2019 with the following cast English/Russian:

Boshirov: James Marlowe/Oleg Sidorchik

Petrov: Oliver Bennett/Alexey Johnny May

Mr Starling: Nicholas Boulton/Andrey Sidelnikov

Dementia Petrovna: Alexia Manikovskaya

Video design by Iain Syme

Directed by Vladimir Shcherban

Produced by Irina Ioannesyan

The English version played in the GBS Theatre at the RADA Festival, a co-production between HUNCHtheatre, RADA and Stage RC, from 29th June - 6th July 2019 with Irina Selezneva-Horner as Dementia Petrovna.