One hundred years have passed since the revolution that changed the course of twentieth century history. Ezio Mauro was the Moscow correspondent for La Repubblica during the years of Perestroika, and has combined his in-depth knowledge of Russia with his reporting and journalistic skills to tell the story of the October Revolution.
“The two trains, Lenin and the Tzar. Tales of a Revolution” is the title of Ezio Mauro’s narrative (featuring the off-stage voice of Ivano Marescotti) which will start its tour of theatres in various Italian cities, starting in Vicenza on 4 October.
The narrative focuses on two trains which travelled across Russia with an interval of one month between them. The first train was transporting Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov, the Emperor of All the Russias and the last Tzar, while on the other train, accompanied by his Bolshevik comrades, was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, the head of the Russian revolutionaries, who was about to seize power as leader of the revolution.
The production is accompanied by historical images from the period, and recalls the consultation of a newly discovered secret archive, with sounds, voices and songs from the period (such as the Marseillaise sung in Russian by workers).
4 October 2017 at 6.30 pm, Palazzo Chiericati – Vicenza as part of the review “Conversazioni 2017”
19 October 2017 at 9pm, Teatro Due – Parma as part of the review “DICIASSETTE. 1917 L’anno delle Rivoluzioni” (SEVENTEEN. 1917. The year of Revolutions), organised by the Municipality of Parma Culture Department”
7 November 2017 at 9pm, Teatro Puccini – Florence
8 November 2017 at 9pm,Teatro Metropolis – Bibbiano
16 November 2017 at 8pm, Triennale Teatro dell’Arte – Milan
The show will also take place at Teatro Argentina in Rome, but there the story will be divided into four episodes, each focusing on different moments of the history of the Revolution.
22 October 2017 at 11am
RASPUTIN AND THE WORKERS’ REVOLTS – the February revolution in the great theatre of Petrograd
29 October 2017 at 11am
LENIN and THE TZAR – The two trains of the revolution
5 November 2017 at 11am
KERENSKY AND KORNILOV | Faith and intellectuals in the chaos of Russia
12 November 2017 at 11.00
TROTSKY and the ROMANOVS | Red October and the tragedy of a dynasty