Midnight in Moscow

Dean Parker


“The tensions of betrayal fuel Dean Parker’s new play all the way, as a fascinating contrast to the relaxed sociable world of the New Zealand Legation in post-war Moscow, 1947.”
– Lindsay Clark, Theatreview

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Midnight in Moscow had the shortest main-venue run of any play in New Zealand. On its second night the curtain came down, followed next afternoon by the ceiling. This was the play that had just opened at the Court Theatre in Christchurch when the great earth­quake of February 22 hit, killing 185 people. Here is the full text, together with a major introduction by the author. The play is set in Moscow, 1947; the introduction is set in Moscow, too, in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 and then at the demise of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Along the way the introduction takes in Burgess and Philby, Napier in the early 1960s, hippie London, New Zealand politics and theatre in the ’70s, Christchurch and Mervyn Thompson and finally the present — the return of the mob.

About the author

Dean Parker is a screenwriter, playwright, journalist and political commentator. Previous works include plays Baghdad, Baby, The Feds, and The Hollow Men (adapted from Nicky Hager’s book) and co-writing the screenplay of the film Came a Hot Friday from the novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson.

Additional information

Dimensions 148 × 210 mm