Moscow 1598. The great Tsar Ivan the Terrible has died and Boris Godunov reluctantly takes the throne. But rumours are rife that Boris has secretly murdered the rightful heir, Dmitry.
A young monk, Grigory, decides to pose as Prince Dmitry and, aided by Polish and Lithuanian troops, eventually marches on Moscow to overthrow Boris.
Pushkin wrote Boris Godunov during the political turmoil of the 1820s in Russia. This new adaptation was written by Adrian Mitchell and directed by Michael Boyd.
Boris Godunov played in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from November 2012 to March 2013.
It was part of the A World Elsewhere trilogy of newly adapted classics from around the world, alongside The Orphan of Zhao and A Life of Galileo.