1930s Moscow: black magic begins its reign in a city that by decree has eliminated God. A love story between a writer and his Margarita interweaves with the story of a visit from Satan — in the guise of a foreign consultant in an expensive suit. The latter is accompanied by a giant, tram riding cat and a thin individual with a snide demeanour.
The creators of the play pose questions about the meaning of spirituality, truth and freedom. Several narrators guide us through Bulgakov’s world; its staging is enriched by elements of visual theatre as well as puppetry.
This is a coproduction of Malabar Hotel Theatre and the Dramatic Theatre of Warsaw.
Malabar Hotel Theatre was founded by members of the erstwhile independent theatre group, Kompania Doomsday. The name comes from the writings of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (‘Witkacy’). Its founders, Marcin Bartnikowski and Marcin Bikowski, often collaborate with artists from differing theatre backgrounds, artistic experiences and aesthetics. Form, as understood by Witkacy and connected to visual and puppet theatre, is the company’s cornerstone. Malabar Hotel Theatre has received over 30 awards in Poland and abroad. Its plays have been shown at over 90 theatre festivals on 4 continents.
The play was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the City of Warsaw and Białystok City Hall. Financial support was also provided by The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art (Department of Puppet Theatre Arts in Białystok) as well as the Białystok Puppet Theatre.
PREMIERE January 17, 2014, Przodownik Stage
Tobacco products and strobe lights are used during the performance.