Boris Godunov

Presented by Lincoln Center Festival in association with Park Avenue Armory

July 22 – 26, 2009

Chekhov International Theatre Festival

Presented by Lincoln Center Festival in association with Park Avenue Armory

“Donnellan’s Russians are some of the best actors to come out of Moscow … the acting is uniformly convincing; the actors, whether in motion or still and silent, embody their characters convincingly.” — The Australian

Irreverently mirroring the opaque maneuverings of today’s Russian power brokers, this riveting production from the Chekhov International Theatre Festival offers audiences an edgy, modern-day staging of Alexander Pushkin’s Shakespeare-inspired drama about the corrupt and murderous politics of Tsarist Russia.

Directed by the provocative Declan Donnellan, this searing exposé of the bitter power struggle that ensued after the death of Ivan the Terrible is an unapologetic and topical look at the malevolent lust for absolute control, brought to life by a brilliant cast including Russian stage and screen actor Evgeny Mironov.

Staged at the Park Avenue Armory, Donnellan’s updated production of Pushkin’s drama comments on the fight for political control in late 16th- and early 17th-century Russia, painting an equally unflattering picture of Moscow’s contemporary political players.

New York Premiere
Playwright Alexander Pushkin
Director Declan Donnellan
Scenic design Nick Ormerod

Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00
Thursday, July 23 at 8:00* (Free Artist Talk pre-show. See below.)
Friday, July 24 at 8:00
Saturday, July 25 at 8:00
Sunday, July 26 at 8:00

Park Avenue Armory
Tickets: $50 ($75 Limited Availability)

Performed in Russian with English supertitles

This performance is approximately two hours and ten minutes with no intermission.  There is no late seating.

For tickets and more information:
Alice Tully or Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices (Broadway at 65th Street)


*FREE Artist Talk with Declan Donnellan. Thursday, July 23 at 5:00

Acclaimed and provocative director Declan Donnellan will discuss how he re-imagined Pushkin’s play about politics and power in Tsarist Russia for his modern-day staging.

Mr. Donnellan is joint founder and joint Artistic Director of Cheek by Jowl, one of British theater’s most influential and exciting companies.  He is also the author of The Actor and the Target and the recipient of three Laurence Olivier Awards; a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; and numerous other distinctions for his work, which The Daily Telegraph says “produces an electrifying effect.”

Seating is very limited and reservations are required. Please reserve your seats now at 212-616-3953 or


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