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1905. Russia is at a turning point. Zakhar Bardin is from the landowning class, but is now the uneasy owner of a factory. His managing director is determined to face down militant workers on a point of principle. But the shutting of the business has tragic consequences for everyone concerned.
Gorky’s extraordinary play, which was written in exile and banned in his home country, presents a panoramic view of a restless society, with a bourgeoisie no longer sure of its own values, and a working class steadily facing up to the terrifying sacrifices ahead. Described by Ronald Bryden in the Observer in 1971 as ‘a real discovery . . . the missing link between Chekhov and the Russian revolution’, Enemies has a dramatic breadth, humour and ambition unique to Gorky.
Maxim Gorky’s Enemies is adapted by David Hare and premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in May 2006.
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