Composers and their stage works 


The Promise

Alexei Arbuzov. Translated by Ariadne Nicolaeff

Play. M2 (17) F1(15). A living-room.

During the siege of Leningrad in 1942, three young people - a girl and two boys - find shelter in a semi-derelict house. The play follows the intricacies of their triangular relationship over the next seventeen years, as their hopes and feelings for themselves and each other rise and fall, and offers a moving and fascinating glimpse of life in the Soviet Union after the Second World War.

The Promise was originally performed at the Oxford Playhouse in 1966, in a production starring Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Ian McShane.