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Crime and Punishment

Citizens Theatre


One of the most extraordinary novels of all time, Crime and Punishment gets inside the mind of a starving, destitute student who commits a brutal double murder. Chris Hannan has created an exciting and fresh new stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece. Watch trailer. **UPPER CIRCLE TICKETS ADDED - CALL BOX OFFICE**

Raskolnikov is surrounded by the harsh injustices of the world; the grime of poverty and prostitution, unscrupulous pawnbrokers chasing debts; and a sister about to marry someone she doesn’t love to keep her family alive. His guilt is unbearable. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer any chance of redemption.

As Raskolnikov enters a dangerous cat and mouse game with the magistrate, a psychological thriller unfolds.

Chris Hannan’s gripping new stage adaption of the iconic novel will deliver Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece with a raw energy and bold conviction that shines new light on its relevance to today’s world of corruption and crime, realised by the award-winning creative team behind The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain, re-united for this co-production with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh.

“Everybody wants to change the world. Nobody thinks to change himself.”

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    Rated: (5/5), based on 6 ratings

Previews 5-6 Sep
Audio Described 12 Sep
Signed 19 Sep
Captioned 26 Sep
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Recommended for 12+

Photo by Tim Morozzo

Cast and Creative Team >


Adam Best - Raskolnikov
Mabel Clements - Nastasya
George Costigan - Porfiry / Marmeladov
Amiera Darwish - Dunya
Chris Donald - Skabichevsky / Lebezayatnikov
Cate Hamer - Alyona / Pulkheria / Katerina / Darya
Jessica Hardwick - Sonya
John Paul Hurley - Ilya
Jack Lord - Luzhin
Obioma Ugoala - Razumikhin


Dominic Hill - Director
Chris Hannan - Writer
Colin Richmond - Designer
Chris Davey - LX Designer
Nikola Kodjabashia - Composer/Sound Designer
Benedicte Seierup - Movement Director
Lucien MacDougall - Movement Director
Danielle McIlven - Assistant Director
Ruth Hall - Assistant Designer


“the vigorous ensemble tells [the story] with drive and authority”
The Guardian

“a brilliantly accomplished staging”
The Telegraph

“Adam Best is excellent as the alienated student Raskolnikov”
The Times

“a fearlessly rich production”
The Herald

“It’s both a classic come to life and an urgent new work”
The Independent

The Scotsman

“under Hill, the taut script becomes an exciting commentary”
The Stage

“another milestone in the illustrious history of the Citizens”
Sunday Herald

“an accessible insight into one of the most renowned works of all time”
What’s On Stage

“fizzes with big ideas”

“An accomplished and haunting production”
The Public Reviews

“Another hit for the Citz.”
Glasgow Theatre Blog

“A richly-realised thriller”
Sunday Mail

“catches the disturbance and complexity of Dostoyevsky’s novel”
Reviews Gate


“It’s a crime thriller and a whodunnit meets Karl Marx and Jesus Christ.”
Writer Chris Hannan in The Herald on adapting Crime and Punishment for the stage

“I had my first Raskolnikov dream the other night.”
Adam Best on playing the murderous lead in Crime and Punishment in the Sunday Herald The Sunday Herald

“You’ve got no idea what Porfiry’s going to do next…He’s got no rules. His methods are wild”
George Costigan in The Liverpool Post on playing the detective in Crime and Punishment

“this is a classic story given contemporary relevance as well as being a new play”
Artistic Director Dominic Hill in The List

“Reading the novel, you… go on a huge emotional and spiritual journey with him [Raskolnikov]. That’s the journey Dominic and I want to give theatre audiences.”
Chris Hannan quoted in The Scotsman


jenny corb

5th October 2013

Went to see Crime & Punishment last Saturday, had read the majority of the book in the week leading up to the performance, I was not disappointed the staging, costumes and music combined with fine performances from the entire cast brought the novel to life in a way that is rarely achieved by any adaptation. Hearty congratulations to an exceptionally talented cast.

Steve Duignan

27th September 2013

What an amazing production! Can't praise the cast and crew highly enough. I never realised how powerful theatre could be until last night. One of my favourite novels, and to see it brought to life so vividly was an experience I'll never forget. I was emotionally shattered but somehow elated by the end! Beautiful lighting, music and staging, and an incredible performance from Adam Best in the lead role. Wish I'd seen it earlier in the run as I'd definitely have been back for a repeat performance. Bravo!

Barbie Short

23rd September 2013

This is a fantastic performance. The set , lighting and costumes are superb. The acting just holds you , mesmerised . `the eternal verities of the original hold good today, but are imparted with warmth and vitality. London can weep - we have the bets theatre here in Glasgow!


23rd September 2013

Hello Kathy, your programme on the 18th was correct and the lead character Raskolnikov was indeed played by Mr Adam Best, albeit looking a little different from how you remember him!

Craig Campbell

21st September 2013

Thought this was a fantastic adaptation of a special novel. Adam Best is brilliantly watchable and believable, George Costigan great with the humour, and Jessica Hardwick is gorgeous and very talented, definitely one to watch for the future. But the whole cast, sets, etc were great, and this is a lovely little theatre. More Dostoevsky, please, it really works well here!

Kathy Mcneil

19th September 2013

An absolutely stunning performance from all the cast, especially the lead actors. Absolutely brilliant. My only caveat is that the programme didn't show who the lead actor was in our performance yesterday, 18th Sept. It wasn't Adam Best unless he's lost his hair, gone fair and aged, and I'd love to know who he was. Please can you provide programmes appropriate for the particular performance. However, it didn't mar my enjoyment of the evening. Thanks.


19th September 2013

Hello John, there is one further matinee of Crime and Punishment this Saturday 21 September. You can view all of the concessions available at If you call the box office on 0141 429 0022, staff will be able to talk you through what's available for you.


18th September 2013

Crime and puniixhment are there matanees prices and concessions please

Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi

8th September 2013

One of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in a long time with a wealth of performance ability from the actors. The play is both a relevant commentary on today's society and a chance to engage with deeper philosophical questions in our own minds...


27th August 2013

Hi Fiona, thanks for getting in touch. I would definitely recommend Crime and Punishment for your students. We also have a schools' workshop available which may be of interest. I will email you directly with further information. Thanks

Fiona Thomson

27th August 2013

Hi There I am a Drama Teacher and I am looking for any productions that you recommend for 6th Year Advanced Higher students to come and see? Thanks Fiona Thomson

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