The White Guard (trans. Upton)

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Mikhail Bulgakov adapted by Andrew Upton

DOI: 10.5040/9780571289318.00000004
Acts: 4. Scenes: 7. Roles: Male (20) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

See? All we need is... a map and... some kind of plan.

This overcoat is neutral darling, neither Bolshevik nor Menshevik. Just essence of Prole.

In Kiev during the Russian Civil War, the Turbin household is sanctuary to a ragtag, close-knit crowd presided over by the beautiful Lena. As her brothers prepare to fight for the White Guard, friends charge in from the riotous streets amidst an atmosphere of heady chaos, quaffing vodka, keeling over, declaiming, taking baths, playing guitar and falling in love. But the new regime is poised and in its brutal triumph lies destruction for the Turbins and their world.

And those are the real enemies we face, deep in the shadows. This modern man with no name, no past, no love. This desperate hate-filled man born of loneliness and frustration. This man with nothing to be proud of, nothing he is part of...

Andrew Upton's version of Mikhail Bulgakov's The White Guard premiered at the National Theatre, London, in March 2010.

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Faber and Faber

Mikhail Bulgakov adapted by Andrew Upton

ISBN: 9780571268597

Series: Faber Drama

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