• Mikhail Bulgakov, Crimson Island. Typescript of the play with handwritten censor’s cuts and stamp approving the play for performance at the Moscow Kamerny Theatre. Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 2030, op. 1, ed. khr. 247, Moscow.

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  • Mikhail Bulgakov

    A Dramatic Pamphlet
    CRIMSON ISLAND
    An invited dress rehearsal of the play by Citizen Jules Verne at the Theatre of Gennady Panfilovich. With music, volcanic eruptions and European English sailors.
    In 4 Acts.
    With a prologue
    and
    epilogue.

    Acts 1, 2 and 4 are set on an uninhabited island
    Act 3 is set in Europe and the prologue and epilogue at the Theatre of Gennady Panfilovich.

    Approved by the Chief Repertory Monitoring Committee for performance in the territory of the RSFSR by the Kamerny Theatre. With [censor’s] cuts on pages 3, 11, 20, 28, 64, 69, 71.

Typescript of Crimson Island with censor’s cuts

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

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  • Cover page for the production text of Crimson Island with the censor’s cuts and stamp in red at the bottom. Note that the initial approval for the play to be staged anywhere in the RSFSR was retracted in favor of approving the play for production at the Kamerny only. This script is burned around the edges, as are many of the items in the Kamerny Theatre collection that were rescued from a fire at the Bakhrushin Museum in the early 1950s, where the Kamerny’s papers were stored in the years immediately following the theater’s forced closure.

    See book: p. 129

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  • Premiere: December 11, 1928
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