One Hour Eighteen Minutes


by Elena Gremina. Translated by Noah Birksted-Breen

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A few years ago, a team of Russian lawyers discovered evidence of corruption by the Russian government – proving the theft of £145m of public money.

Understanding the risk to their lives, the lawyers took asylum abroad. Except for one of them…. 37-year old Sergei Magnitsky stayed in Moscow to testify against the Russian government. But before he could do so, Magnitsky was arrested and held without charge. A year later, he was dead.

Inspired by previously unreleased evidence of Magnitsky’s treatment during his year in detention (obtained from independent journalists in Russia), playwright Elena Gremina has woven together a dramatic tale which gives a fascinating insight into the dark heart of modern day Russia.

Performed in English. For details on special events and talk-back sessions please visit the theatre website.

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“Noah Birksted-Breen’s production is fascinating… it is visually and aurally hypnotic” The Guardian

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