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An exciting, fresh and accessible adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s masterful novel.
Starving, destitute student 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 examining magistrate, a psychological thriller unfolds that probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.
'Both a classic come to life and an urgent new work which develops its own style and language rather than slavishly imitating the text and it’s all the better for it.' - Independent
To find a theatrical structure, adaptor Chris Hannan roams freely through the novel.
He turns interior monologue into direct address, thins out subplots and reconfigures the sequence of events to fashion a fluid route through the story.' - Guardian
'Magnificent... a fluent, beautiful, profoundly theatrical account of one of the great stories of world literature' - Scotsman