Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment to open at Lewes Little Theatre

Lewes Little Theatre’s 75th season opens on October 12–19 with an award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus.

Originally produced at the Writers’ Theatre in America, one review described it as “Stunningly lean, taut and emotionally searing … a work of theatre that never feels like a condensation of a seminal 500-page novel, but rather has the swift, sharp impact of a blow from an axe.”

Dostoyevsky’s novel is thought to be the world’s first psychological thriller and the character of Porfiry was the inspiration behind the detective series Columbo.

Crime and Punishment runs for 90 minutes. Following the interval, there will be a performance of Polly Honeycombe by George Colman – a 40-minute Georgian ‘afterpiece’. One act plays of this nature were presented at both London and provincial theatres during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is a delightful comedy that satirises the effect of romantic novels on young women at that time.

This particular form of entertainment frequently followed a tragic work. As well as ensuring that the audience departed in good spirits, it also gave added value. In this instance, the company is looking to present two contrasting pieces and celebrate the diversity of drama on its stage. Performances commence nightly (except Sunday) at 7.45pm with an additional matinee on Saturday, October 19, at 2.45pm.

The Theatre Box Office, in Lancaster Street, Lewes, will open on Monday (October 7) for telephone bookings and personal callers between 10.30am-12noon and 7- 7.30pm daily except Sundays. Telephone 01273 474826.