"War and Peace. The Beginning of the Novel" is a landmark production of Piotr Fomenko's Theatre Workshop not only because it took the great master of the Russian theatre 7 years of careful reading, research and preparation to stage it, but also because the result is considered as the first successful attempt in the history of Russian theatre to stage Leo Tolstoy's novel.
Thanks to the generous support of the Neva Foundation, theatre-goers in Geneva will have an opportunity to share emotions and feelings of the main characters of Tolstoy's epic, expertly played by the Fomenki.
The wonderful staging of the opening chapters of the literary masterpiece is just one of many surprises awaiting spectators. Even if Fomenko's production runs almost four hours, time does fly as we follow closely life of the Russians at the dawn of Napoleon's invasion who aspire to permanent peace.
Stylized sets, a keen eye for detail and bravura performance which is faithful to the spirit and the text of Tolstoy, all that makes a good play which has something for everyone, whether they are theatre professionals, playgoers or theatre outsiders who are there out of curiosity.
War and Peace runs from 26 February to 5 March (no performances on March 1st and 2nd) at Théâtre de Carouge and is performed in Russian with French surtitles.