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Faithful Ruslan: The Story of A Guard Dog

A Citizens Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and KP Productions Ltd. co-production
Faithful Ruslan: The Story of A Guard Dog

When Josef Stalin dies in 1953, the inhabitants of prison camps across Russia are liberated. Prisoners, guards and guard dogs are all free to go home. But with life in the Service all he has ever known, loyal guard dog Ruslan remains at his post and faithful to the Master, even as he gives his final unthinkable order.

Based on real life events, the novel by Georgi Vladimov and translated to English by Michael Glenny has been adapted for the stage by Polish director Helena Kaut-Howson, whose adventurous, passionate and imaginative productions have led to her being named one of the top directors in the UK. Theatre de Complicite co-founder and one of ‘contemporary theatre’s greatest clowns’ (The Guardian) Marcello Magni joins the creative team as Movement Director.

Pre-show Event: Sat 30 Sep
A talk and Q&A session with Misha Glenny. Find out more here.

    20 Sep7.30pm{datex-preview-gv}
    21 Sep7.30pm
    22 Sep7.30pm
    23 Sep7.30pm
    26 Sep7.30pm
    27 Sep7.30pm
    28 Sep7.30pm
    29 Sep7.30pm
    30 Sep2.30pm
    30 Sep7.30pm
    3 Oct7.30pm
    4 Oct7.30pm
    5 Oct7.30pm
    6 Oct7.30pm
    7 Oct2.30pm
    7 Oct7.30pm

  • Cast & Creative Team

    Adapted and Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson 

    Writer - Georgi Vladimov 

    Translator - Michael Glenny 

    Designer - Paweł Dobrzyński 

    Movement Director - Marcello Magni 

    Composer - Bolesław Rawski

    Sound Designer - Martyn Davies


    Hunter Bishop
    Paul Brendan
    Martin Donaghy
    Mark Jax
    Isabelle Joss
    Max Keeble
    Vinta Morgan
    Tilda O’Grady
    Camrie Palmer
    Nicholas Ralph
    Ewan Somers
    Sinéad Starkey
    Paweł Zdun


“a harrowing, thought-provoking, and beautifully presented show”
- The Scotsman

“a thrilling piece of theatre”
- The Herald

"captivating and important ”
- The Reviews Hub

“A dazzling ensemble play dogs and chickens, as well as brutal soldiers and their prisoners, in this account of the horrors of the gulag”
- The Guardian

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Deaf Theatre Club for Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog will take place on Friday 29 Sep at 7.30pm

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