Fortune's Fool - Ivan Turgenev


Mike Poultons adaptation of Turgenevs savagely funny play, Fortunes Fool, will open at The Old Vic on Thursday 19 December with previews from Friday 6 December. Directed by Lucy Bailey, the new production will star Iain Glen and Richard McCabe.

Turgenevs charged satire of nineteenth-century Russian society is an explosive family drama played out over the course of twenty-four hours.

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

Fortunes Fool was last produced on Broadway in 2002 with Alan Bates and Frank Langella, both winning Tony Awards. This Old Vic production of Fortunes Fool marks its West End debut.