Assistant Director


freely adapted from the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov

Directed by Simon McBurney

Set design by Es Devlin

Costume design by Christina Cunningham

Lighting design by Paul Anderson

Sound design by Gareth Fry

Video design by Finn Ross

Puppetry by Blind Summit Theatre

3D Animation by Luke Halls

Assistant Directors Sasha Milavic Davies and James Yeatman


★★★★ 'Simon McBurney’s Complicite has done it again. Amazing.' Times

★★★★ 'What an extraordinary and thrilling production this is. It makes superb use of video, music and a succession of startling coups de théâtre to capture the book’s peculiarly addictive mixture of zaniness, passion and terror. A constantly daring and ambitious staging.' Daily Telegraph

★★★★ 'Complicite delivers its most hallucinatory work to date. It combines operatic grandeur with moments of aching poignancy. The production is visually ravishing. It’s both absorbing and wonderfully nuts.' Evening Standard

★★★★ 'It brings Bulgakov's vision to teasing, mournful, erotic life.' Time Out

'A mind and genre-expanding theatricalisation. The result is visually stunning and acted with the utmost commitment.'The Stage

'The Master and Margarita is masterly. At every turn the play is vertiginously staged. A phenomenal production.'Observer

'A masterful staging. You must on no account miss the compelling second half with the best ensemble playing you will ever see, by a company whose trust in their director is both total and well-founded.' Wall Street Journal

★★★★★ 'A rich feast of dark arts, movement, rhetoric and stunning visual imagery. A visceral, heart-thumping show.'

'Spectacular. An impressively well-crafted show.' Le Figaro

'A show of flawless virtuosity and density, carried away by torrents of music.' Le Nouvel Observateur

'An audacious adaptation... a succession of bizarre, capricious and violent scenes that runs at a staggering pace.' Radio France International

'A beautiful moment of theatre... McBurney can weave stories like no one else.' Le Monde

'Three hours without a dead beat. A dazzling visual work.' Le Soir


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written by Sasha Milavic Davies