Mikhail Bulgakov, the Russian dramatist, routinely had his plays banned by the Stalinist authorities in Russia.
So why did he write a hagiography of Stalin in 1938? Was he coerced, or was this a pact with the devil?
Nicholas Hytner’s Collaborators explores these questions through acclaimed performances from Simon Russell Beale as a Stalin and Alex Jennings as Bulgakov.
National Theatre, London,
until 31 March
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