The Storm



  • A tragedy by the Russian dramatist Alexander Ostrovsky,which is regarded as his masterpiece. It was first performed in Moscowin 1859 at the Maly Theatre. The play was presented in New Yorkin 1900 but was not seen in London until 1929; it was revived by the NationalTheatre company in 1966 at the Old Vic. It is the only work by Ostrovsky tobe well known in English.

    The Storm, one of a cycle of plays dealing with Moscow'smerchants, was interpreted as an attack on the greed, ignorance, intolerance,and brutality of the trading class. Set in a small town on the Volga,the play explores the plight of a young woman married to a traderwho is shown to be a weakling but nevertheless cruel. In love witha man powerless to help her, she takes her own life.