Fortune’s Fool

Ivan Turgenev • In a version by Mike Poulton

This new production of Turgenev’s savagely funny play, Fortune’s Fool, is directed by Lucy Bailey with a new adaptation by Mike Poulton.

A pair of newlyweds arrive at their country estate to be welcomed by Kuzovkin, the penniless gentleman-in-residence. Their wealthy and mischievous neighbour Tropatchov calls by for a seemingly innocent celebratory lunch. Fuelled by champagne the proceedings degenerate, leading to a shocking revelation with far-reaching consequences.

Lucy Bailey’s recent theatre credits include King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), The Winter’s Tale, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar (RSC/Roundhouse/New York) and Uncle Vanya at The Print Room with Iain Glen in the title role.

Mike Poulton’s current and recent adaptations include Wolf Hall; Bring Up The Bodies (RSC); Uncle Vanya and Judgement Day (The Print Room).

Richard McCabe’s recent theatre work includes The Audience (Gielgud), for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role; and Yes, Prime Minister (UK Tour/West End). His film credits include The Duchess, The Constant Gardener and Notting Hill.


Running Time: 2hrs 20mins

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The Old Vic have struck gold with a brilliant production

The Observer

Wonderfully funny and deeply touching

The Daily Telegraph

A bold and boozy delight. It’s fabulous

The Times

Lucy Bailey’s beautifully fresh, observant production, in a fine translation by Mike Poulton

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