Eugen Onegin - The bored and frivolous Egene Onegin spends his life at parties held by the St. Peterburg elite. After the death of his uncle, he leaves for the country estate he has inherited. He meets the beautiful and soulful Tatiana, who is so enchanted by Onegin that she passionately declares her love for him. Onegin coldly refuses her and leaves. Many years later they meet again, and this time it is Onegin who suddenly finds himself burning with love. In this simple story, Pushkin created a picture of Russian life. His heroes, the 'superfluous man' Onegin and the emotionally-deprived Tatiana, his accurate depiction of the rural environment and his linguistic richness have ensured the novel a place at the high table of world literature.
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Mikulášek's stylised production gives this famous novel in verse a distinctive stage poetry, supported by excellent art design and successful performances by the actors. The love story of Tatiana and Onegin, as conceived here, is highly contemporary in feeling without any unnecessary updating."
(by Kateřina Rathouská, MF Dnes)
"With Eugene Onegin, Jan Mikulášek has brought his directional style to near-perfection. Serving up a truly unprecedental experience. The actors in both the main roles deserve at least nominations for their performances in the annual theatre surveys."
(by Patrik Hronek, Literární noviny)
"Mikulášek's direction of Onegin has several virtues - even when he is working with genre variety, he manages to maintain a pure form with a firm structure, based on precisely built-up situations in which the verse sound natural and lively. A uniting factor is the music, composed by the director himself."
(by Jana Machalická, Lidové noviny)
"Nothing less is expected of the audience than that it makes the connections itself between the outwardly prominent gesture, the disparity of voice, body and situation. From there, it can look back and discover such basic themes as our inability to be happy (we are only happy when we don't realise we are), the ways in which our introversion causes us to miss out on each other, and the tragic loss of empathy."
(by Vladimír Just, Lierární noviny)
Dramatisation and translation:
Adaption using Milan Dvořák's translation16th International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)