The Promise

Nick Dear

The Promise is Nick Dear’s revival of Aleksei Nikolaevich Arbuzov’s classic 1960s play, in a stunning adaptation for the Tricycle Theatre, London, in 2002.

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In the savage 1942 winter siege of Leningrad, as the Russians fight off the Nazi invaders, three teenagers – Lika, Marat and Leondik – are thrown together. Losing everything from their past, they forge a new love that binds them and a new hope which keeps them alive: the promise of a better future.

Arbuzov’s classic of the 1960s is revived here in Nick Dear’s stunning adaptation for the Tricycle Theatre, London in 2002.


Nick Dear‚Äôs plays include Dedication (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 2016) The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida Theatre, 2012), Frankenstein (National Theatre, 2011), Lunch in Venice (National Theatre Connections, 2005), Power (NT, 2003), The Villains‚Äô Opera (NT, 2000), Zenobia (RSC, 1995), In the Ruins (Bristol Old Vic, 1990), Food of Love (Theatre de Complicite, Almeida, 1988), The Art of Success…

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